Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Publication date: 13th September 2011
Guest review by Pauline
Aimee and Alan are teenagers whose paths cross in Maine when Alan and his mother move to the area to live with his Aunt and cousin, Courtney, whose father has mysteriously disappeared. Courtney, traumatised by the unexplained disappearance of her father, is best friends with Aimee, who has her own secrets and sorrows from the past. As the story progresses Alan and Aimee are drawn together by a haunted feeling of darkness, and they soon realise that a demon, taking advantage of her feelings of overwhelming loss, is haunting and consuming Courtney, leading Alan and Aimee to vow to free Courtney from the demon before it fully takes her over, and forcing each of them to face up to their own demons from their pasts.
The story itself is quite predictable, but I really liked the way in which the writer has alternate chapters telling the story from Aimee and Alan's different perspectives. Initially I was frustrated by the "immature" tone of the conversation between the two main characters, as it often made parts quite difficult to read, but I gradually appreciated that it was representative of the teenage conversations that would take place, and probably would be easily read by a younger reader! The descriptive language was really well done in parts and I often found myself quite spooked but in others it was over-kill and I tended to skip over these parts to get back to the story. Enjoyable read but to be honest quite bland.