From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.
Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.
Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.
“She looked away from the tub for a fraction of a second, and when she looked back, there was a boy standing in the tub, watching her with wide black eyes, her razor clutched in one hand. He tilted his head, his upper lip twitching.”
Danielle Vega always knows how to make me uncomfortable while reading her books and I love it. This one is no different than the others, it creeped me out in the best way possible. Some scenes were just your typical YA novel being a YA novel until it takes a dark turn and it is freaky. And true to her gothic self, that end will leave your mind in a whirl.
Hendricks is getting a fresh start in a new town. Her dark past haunts and follows her as they move into a house with quite the reputation. Her chance of laying low goes down the drain…
She soon finds out that the house comes with some deeper and darker secrets that should have stayed buried. Now they are brought to light after they moved in. Strange happenings keep occurring and now it’s time to figure out why. With the help of the creepy next door neighbor, they hunt down what is causing the brutal hauntings in that house. Sometimes it’s better to let the past die.
Danielle Vega sure knows how to give Stephen King a run for his money. This was bizarre, extremely creepy and I loved it. It certainly brought back some memories of when I lived in a haunted house. This is a fast-paced story that will make your blood run cold. It’s worth the constant feel of eyes on you.