When Miranda Barnes first sees the sleepy town of St. Yvette, Louisiana, with its moss-draped trees, above-ground cemeteries, and her grandfather’s creepy historic home, she realizes that life as she knew it is officially over. Almost immediately, there seems to be something cloying at her. Something lonely and sad and … very pressing. Even at school and in the group project she’s been thrown into, she can’t escape it. Whispers when she’s alone, shadows when no one is there to make them, and a distant pleading voice that wakes her from sleep. The other members in Miranda’s group project, especially handsome Etienne, can see that Miranda is in distress. She is beginning to understand that, like her grandfather before her, she has a special gift of communicating with spirits who still walk the town of St. Yvette. And no matter where she turns, Miranda feels bound by their whispered pleas for help … unless she can somehow find a way to bring them peace.
Alright, so, without giving any of the story line away I’m going to keep this simple. The characters if you can get past that high school snarky/pettyness [or if you’re a YA reader like it’s aimed for, brilliant.] The friends bickering is really funny and gives it a real feel to them. My one complaint is Miranda, toward the end she seems to develop a bit more, but far less than the other characters. She’s somewhat whiny and just.. Mmm off to me? Maybe she’s supposed to be that way.
Anyhoo, overall I gave it 3 out of 5, because it is an entertaining book and the squabbles/relationship with the other friends, Roo, Ashley, Parker, Gage and Etienne make it worth it. The background story - as in what the book is really about.. mmm… somewhat elementary, but seeing as this is a YA book, i’d deem that appropriate.