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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

book review last girl ghosted lisa unger

Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger introduces us the world of online dating, dating apps, and what might go wrong in this fictional thriller. Wren Greenwood thinks she has met the one through a dating app, but after several months of dating Adam Harper, he stands her up for dinner and disappears . . . his phone has been disconnected and someone else is staying in his apartment. Why has Wren been ghosted?

This is the second novel I've read by Lisa Unger. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Last Girl Ghosted because it started out extremely slow. However, once I got sixty or so pages into the book, it began to take off, and I couldn't put it down. If I didn't have to work the next day, I would've stayed up into the wee hours of the night to finish.

Written mainly from Wren Greenwood's perspective, the story jumps back and forth between the past and present in a way that's done exceptionally well. Additionally, we do learn the backstory of the three women who are missing. Those backstories are told from their point of view and interwoven throughout the book nicely without taking anything away from the main character's story. Centering the entire story around the people you meet on dating sites and apps, definitely made the story believable because you never really know if they are who they say they are.

There is very little I can say that I disliked about Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger. As I mentioned before, it started out slowly. The only other thing that bothered me were the parts about hunting animals for food. All in all, I'd give Last Girl Ghosted four and half stars out of five. If you enjoyed reading this book, I'd recommend Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1) by Rachel Caine.


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