My sister first read this novel. She blogged about how creepy it was beginning with the mysterious girl hovering on the cover.
Not one to scare easily* I dove into the book. I wasn’t quite as scared but jumped when the cat rubbed up against me during an especially tense period of the book.
As a new writer, Ranson Riggs delivers an engrossing and fresh story. Jacob is a sixteen year old who was enthralled by fantastic stories from his grandfather. When his grandfather is killed, his last words are a cryptic message about a bird. Jacob tries to track down the mystery behind the words.
Jacob’s search leads him to a mysterious island where he is transported to a home with strange residents.
In a style like Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, the author uses old pictures to help spur the story. He also remembers his main character is a kid and doesn’t posess any ninja skills and isn’t a sleeper agent.
I found the book just spooky enough to warrant a lights on trip to the bathroom. Marketed for young adults, this is a novel that most ages can enjoy.
* The Blair Witch Project, seen prior to the public, scared the crap out of me. The Mister and I went camping the next week and he thought it was hilarious to put some bundled twigs on the door to the cabin. I haven’t been to the woods overnight since.
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