Kadence Reynold’s favorite pastime is exploring old ghost towns, but when she and her sister, Maysha, stumble across an old journal and cheap pendant hidden in the depths of a crumbling foundation near Eureka, Utah, their world is suddenly turned upside down. Immediately, strange dreams and premonitions begin to haunt “Kadie” as she learns more about the author of the journal, Charlotte Clark. Kadie sets out on a journey to learn more about Charlotte and her family, and she and Maysha travel to Bremerton, Washington, where they discover Charlotte's still living twin sister, Adelaide and her family.
Kadie and Maysha, upon arriving in Washington, are immediately immersed in Adelaide and Charlotte’s story. Kadie soon learns that Charlotte disappeared the night of a tragic fire that took the lives of Adelaide’s entire family. With the help of Logan Mathews, Adelaide’s handsome grandson, and Charlotte’s ever disconcerting presence, Kadie delves into the past. Hoping to solve the mystery of Charlotte’s disappearance, Kadie immediately discovers the secrets contained in the journal will toss her and Adelaide’s family into a world filled with mystery, past regrets, and dark unknowns.
If you can love a book based on it's cover, then that is what happened to me. Is it not gorgeous? But seriously, loved, loved, loved this book (based on its content). I wanted it to be a little longer, and I wanted the plot to be more complex, specifically I wished there was more than one option for the bad guy. But to be fair, it's not a mystery, and it's completely good the way it is.
One thing I particularly liked about this book was Logan's little daughter. So often when I read books that feature a child like this, the child either detracts from the action or is so unrealistically written (saying and doing things that don't intellectually correspond to the child's age) that it is a distraction. But ZaZa was so well done, she was a delight to read about.
Suspense novels are not exactly my thing (I sometimes stop reading a book if it's too suspenseful), but I totally love the perfect amount of suspense in Slack's books. And I love that I can expect them to be clean and even uplifting in a way.
Anyway, check out Mandi's books if you've got some time today.