Friday, December 28, 2012

Absent by Katie Williams

Can you imagine dying at school and then being there in spirit form?  Paige can't leave the school grounds; she transports back to her point of death.  And she's not the only one there...

Chronicle Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this ebook for review (thank you).  The book will be published May 7th, so make a note on your TBR list to pick it up then.

I'm not one who reads a lot of ghost stories, but this one caught my eye.  Paige knows she didn't commit suicide.  So how did she end up jumping from the rooftop and dying?  The idea of a ghost story with a mystery mixed in sounded interesting.

And interesting it is.  There is Brooke, a classmate that died of an overdose and Evan, who committed suicide years before because he was gay.   They can't move on, so they stay in classes that interest them or amuse themselves with exploring the building.  When Paige discovers she can enter the body of someone who is thinking of her, she gets to experience being different people.  She begins by getting even with her enemies, but it's no fun.  What she find out as she "lives" the other lives is that no one has a perfect life.

The author does a good job of bringing the story to a reasonable conclusion.  Even if you're not sure about ghosts, this a good story and I enjoyed it.

Happy reading.  

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