I love a great supernatural mystery I’ve recently read two pretty solid supernatural books. Messenger is targeted to older teens and the Other Side is perfect for tweens.
Messenger by Carol Lynch Williams
In October, Messenger was a novel I was looking forward to. In reality, it was a decent read.
The Messenger women all receive a supernatural gift when the grow into womanhood. For example, Evie’s aunt uses her ability to make and sell recipes. When Evie first gets her gift, no one will tell her what it is, but it is bad. Soon weird things start happening, especially this weird girl who keeps showing up in her room and not leaving. Evie is drawn into a family drama involving a death of a young teen and must help the spirit and family come to terms with what has happened.
This book was a decent supernatural book. Other books have done it better, but it is a quick fluffy read. I thought the parental/adult reactions to teen acts seemed over-the-top and unrealistic.
A Guide to the Other Side by Robert Imfeld
Baylor and his twin sister have a connection to the other-side. The two help ghosts pass along messages to their living loved ones. It helps that Baylor’s twin, Kristina, is dead. She died while still in the womb, but she grows along with Baylor. The two have an unusual relationship with some nonbelievers, but their gift really does help many of the living. Baylor is visited by a ghost, who boots Kristina from Baylor’s side. The twins work together to try and figure out who this scary spirit is and stop him.
This novel was fun and it totally seems to follow many of the psychic t.v. shows. I hope that there will be more in the future. The characters are fun and the plot is interesting.