Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.Maybe I'm strange, but the idea of a book with a character dealing with mental illness, murder, another murder that occurred in her house and a ghost is incredibly appealing to me! It seems like a ghost story but with the added element of the main character being bipolar.
After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications (again!) and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home and school. She refuses to be daunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom, or that her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.
With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?
Annaliese? Or herself?
Ghost stories told in the modern day always have that question of whether or not the main character is really sane (even if it's only a quickly addressed question or done in a joking way) but to have the character really have a psychiatric condition seems to be a great added element.
This is the second WOW book (at least recently), after Joelle Anthony's The Right & The Real where a book that is not an author's first book that has attracted my attention when their first/previous have not really.
While some might see that as not a great thing, I see it as a fantastic thing! I love to discover an author's book, love it and then have other work by them that is already published. Much as I love debut authors, it's also great to already have something by a newly discovered author to go out and buy - and enjoy!!
Really can't wait to have a chance to read this one!!
Out July 17 from Bloomsbury - Amazon & Goodreads