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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin

Picture The Dead by Adele Griffin
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (272 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Gladiolus

A ghost will find his way home.

Jennie Lovell’s life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancĂ© falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone—or something—stops her?

Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end.

If your loved ones follow you even after they leave this world then what would you do? Luckily for me, I was able to have this question answered by one very awesome gal in Picture The Dead.

In this story we get to meet Jennie who has a special "connection" to the spirit world. I adored her character because she followed her heart. Now, like any other teenager, she had her weaker moments but I do believe that this is what makes her such a relatable character. Even though based in the Civil War era, the author really managed to show that connection between teenagers of then and now. The clothes, etc, may have changed but the feelings of indecisivness and not knowing who you are, or what to believe are still the same. The other characters in the book were wonderful also, they helped to complete this story in so many ways. It was an interesting and varied cast who really kept the shocks coming.

The storyline itself was wonderful. Even though I'm not a history buff I can tell that the author took the time to research and make the story believable. My only problem (which isn't really a problem persay) is that I thought it would end differently. Let me elaborate on that...I didn't mind the ending. It was quite refreshing to see a story that didn't end like I thought it would, but I think some readers might be a bit suprised.

Overall, I thought Picture The Dead was an excellent read. If you enjoy a good paranormal with unexpected twists then you may want to try this one. I recommend it if you're looking for something different in your YA paranormal reading!

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