FIRST SENTENCE (CHAPTER 1): You know how some people are utterly proficient liars?
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 118): 'There's no medical reason that humans can't see ghosts. It's all to do with that grey ... squishiness .... you carry around in your bony skulls.'
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Not though I will be passing it on to Niece #2 (13).
Grief, one of those books that could be summed up in one word ........ BORING. Alas I don't really like using that word so will substitute it for ......
Ok, so it was the 3rd book in a series and to be fair it might (though I very much doubt it) have been more readable if I had read any of the previous books as there were a number of references to characters and events that I had no knowledge of.
And talking of references ......
There were several references to films, trends and language that I think many readers may have difficulty understanding and that these references may age the book prematurely.
The plot was rambling, the characters weak and, to my mind at least, unoriginal - apart from the quotes from movies as mentioned above, several scenes put in mind of scenes from Harry Potter and two of the characters bore more than a passing resemblance to characters from the books, only not as well written.
So were there any redeeming features?
I like books that lead to discussions and I think several instances in this novel could lead to interesting discussions on what it is to be 'normal' and what it is to be seen as being different.
There were some funny moments, just not enough and none of them laugh out loud.
A Book Exchange read, this was the 80th book read for my 100+ Reading Challenge.