September 24, 2011

Beyond te Grave by Mara Purnhagen a solid 5 out of 5

Beyond the Grave (Harlequin Teen) by Mara Purnhagen

This book grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. This is actually book three in a series, but I can honestly say, from the standpoint of not having read books one and two, that you can read this one without having to read the first two to understand the story. That said, this book was so good that I plan to read the first two books.

Charlotte and her family and crew work to debunk haunted house and building stories. In a flashback, we learn that the previously hauntings they investigated turned out to be faked or had natural explanations until the Watcher comes and tries to destroy Charlotte's family. Life has begun to stabilize a bit even though her mother remains in a coma. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Noah begins to become secretive and Charlotte begins to grow suspicious. That is just the beginning of this thoroughly engrossing tale that eventually brings you to the edge of your seat.

This well-constructed tale by Purnhagen drifts into back story seamlessly without drifting so off course as to disrupt the tale. That's not an easy task for any writer - it can disrupt a story beyond repair if it isn't well done. Fortunately Purnhagen does it well and those flashbacks work well to further develop the story. This book had me up way past my bedtime with its supernatural roller coaster ride.


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