by Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA Paranormal Psychological Suspense
FIVE GIRLS. AN ISOLATED CONVENT. A SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE. A DARK SECRET.
SHORTLISTED for the 2017 Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction!
I can't believe it has come to this. The way things have blown out of proportion. I only wanted to contact my dead father. Ask his forgiveness.
Seven months isn't that long, is it?
I'll go through the motions, no need to make friends that I’ll never see again. When you get close to people, you end up getting hurt.
Puerto Rico, 1973
17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.
At night, the waterfall’s dark music haunts her dreams of drowning…
When Paloma holds another séance, she accidentally awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. The body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…
Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?
If you love the vibes in "The Orphanage," "The Craft" and "Pretty Little Liars," you'll enjoy this mess-with-your-head, YA supernatural/psychological thriller!
We rarely review books of this sort but my Mom knew I would LOVE this. I adored Paloma and some (but not all) of her ?friends? The story was fascinating and I felt that Ms. Kalo developed each unique character extremely well. Of course, they did not remain as they were in the beginning. They dealt with all sorts of secrets and lies, mystery and suspicion, as well as death. Ms. Kalo did an excellent job of keeping me on the edge of my proverbial seat.
I loved the cover but found it somewhat misleading until I read the ENTIRE book. Then I found that it, along with the title, fit the story perfectly.
Nothing was as I expected with this story which was perfect for a thriller. All in all, it was completely entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark, twisted, YA thrillers!
Many thanks to Zoe Kalo and Silver Dagger Book Tours for providing this book for me. I am voluntarily reviewing it and all opinions are my own.
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…
She’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Comparative Literature. She lives in Belgium with her husband and two evil cats.
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