I received a PDF.file copy of this book from the author through Marie Lavender’s Halloween Giveaway and the following is my honest opinion.
I usually have some difficulty in following adult novels which fluctuate between the various characters’ POV. However, Ms. Sprayberry had done a superb job in using this writing technique in this book.
Mia and Jax had been close friends for many years but never got around to acknowledge it as being a girlfriend/boyfriend kind of relationship. Each year both of their parents would send them off to Camp WatcheeWatchee as soon ended for the summer. When their parents had missed the entrance to the camp they decided to get to the camp by walking through the woods.
When Jax saw Mia walking he decided to race off in order to beat her getting there, only slowing down after he hears what sounded like a shot in the woods. He arrived first but after she didn’t arrive, Jax reported the situation to the camp counselors. After two days the search got called off, but he felt something was terribly wrong and made a commitment to himself to find Mia regardless of how long it would take. Something did happen to Mia, she had been murdered.
As Mia tries to get to the camp before Jax,she hears a crackling of leaves and snapping of branches, followed a thump on the ground as her vision blackens.
The following summer Jax is back at camp vowing to find Mia, who had been deemed a runaway camper the previous year. However, Jonesy, the senior camp counselor, continuously prevented Jax from his mission to find her.
Meanwhile, Mia has come to the realization to her status as an earthbound ghost, and tries repeatedly to get Jax’s attention so he can come to her at the blowdown her body is located. Once she’s able to get through the invisible barrier which has prevented her from getting to the camp itself. After which Jax is able to lead others to the murder site, and helps to discover the shocking discovery of who the murderer was.
I hope I haven’t too much of the story away as this book is one which is hard to put this short read down once you’ve started to read it.
While I make this book out to suitable for the middle-grade audience of readers, I feel this book will have an enjoyable read for children of all ages, and is the reason why I’ve given the book and the author 5 STARS.