Release Date:July 17, 2012
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Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.
After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.
With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?
Annaliese? Or herself?
My Thoughts:This book definitely puts the C in Creepy! It usually takes a lot for me to get chills from the books that I read, and yes some of that is because I shy away from thriller type books, but also because well I don't really buy into a lot of the scary stuff. This book made me a believer from the first page. Honestly I still have chills when I think of Annaliese.
Gosh there is so much to this story that I don't even know where to begin. Just when I thought I had it figured out something creepy would happen and it would totally flip my world upside down. I have to say that I loved that!! Okay I am going to try and talk my way through this complicated, but awesome plot, so we have Rinn and she has been diagnosed with having bipolar. She can hear voices and no they are not nice voices either. After several tragic events she moves with her mom to her moms hometown. Thinking they are safe from the demons that Rinn lived with in California they settle in to their new house. Well things don't go as planned as you probably guessed and the house that they move into is their first step into a terrifying world that totally left me creeped out. The only bright and sunny side to this story is Nate. He is all kinds of yummy southern manliness. The conversations he has with Rinn are hilarious and I loved their teasing banter about him being a hick. I loved the progression of their romance and I really fell for these two characters. Nate was a brilliant addition and he made all the creppiness bearable.
Like I said this story has so much going on that it is really hard to describe the plot because I don't want to give anything away. Just know that there is an old possibly haunted house, a hallway in school that nobody walks through alone, and a very twisted messed up tale that goes far beyond what Rinn can comprehend. Did I mention that it is all CREEPY??? I think you get my point =P So if you are looking for the next haunted ghost story then look no further. Jeannine Garsee has managed to take ghosts to whole new level and I am really hoping that there will be a sequel because this book ends with what has to be one of the best lines ever! I want more!!
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