ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Wow I loved this! It scared the crap out of me, but in a good way.
The cover does not look scary at all, but do not be fooled.
Well some might not get scared. I just get scared easily.
She meant to help a ghost…not unleash a curse.
Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died.
The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return.
Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace–and Charlie agrees to help her.
But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.
Amelia has always been able to see a woman in white at the back of her house. She has not seen the ghost since the night her brother died.
One night, a car suddenly pulls into Ms. McAllister’s driveway. The ghost appears then. After six months of not appearing, the ghost is suddenly there again pointing straight at the McAllister house.
Almost everyone in town believes that Ms. McAllister is a witch. Everyone is a little wary of her and there are always rumors about the McAllisters.
The person in the car is Ms. McAllister’s grandson Charlie. Charlie and Amelia connect and a romance between them blooms. I loved Charlie! He was so cute and nice. He did not push Amelia into a relationship. He waited until she was ready, and he genuinely cared about her.
A lot of people were less than enthusiastic about Charlie and Amelia’s relationship; especially Amelia’s ex-boyfriend Ben. This guy was so annoying. He could not get the message.
Look Ben, Amelia is over you and you guys are never ever getting back together because you’re a douche canoe. Seriously, get over yourself.
A lot of people were already not approving of Amelia and Charlie’s relationship just because he was a McAllister. Now imagine what happened when dead girls were suddenly being found in the river. These cases were ruled as “suicides”, because there were no signs of struggling or any other sign that could mean there was foul play. But of course people and Ben in particular, blames Charlie for all these unexplained deaths.
I was pretty sure Charlie didn’t have anything to do with those deaths, but I wasn’t 100% sure. Amelia was, but I wasn’t. I guess I was just really paranoid and creeped out while reading the book, so my feelings made me suspicious of everyone, even the male protagonist. I’m alone at home reading this creepy book, so forgive me of my suspicions.
Amelia also dreams of a girl named Marin. Whenever she would dream about Marin, she would wake up somewhere else; mysterious and scary.
Let’s move on to the secondary characters Leah and Ransom. Leah is Amelia’s best friend. She was always up for anything and she always had Amelia’s back.
Ransom is Amelia’s mom’s intern. He stayed at Amelia’s house because he had complications with his living arrangements.
The four of them were always together, and they discovered things together.
I really enjoyed this book! I could picture everything in my mind and it was not always a good thing because this book gave me the chills. It kind of had a “Woman in Black” feels. For those who do not know, that’s the horror movie with Daniel Radcliffe in it. It scared the crap out of me. The story of that movie is not similar to this book, but it just gave me the same kind of feelings.
I cannot wait for the second book! That ending was just…ugh. Now I have to wait forever for the next one.