Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead, by Paul Elwork
The twins, Emily and Michael, are 13 years old in 1925 when Emily discovers that she can make an eerie cracking sound with her ankle. In their playhouse, they begin to hold seances for neighborhood children evoking the spirits of ghosts of their own romantic imaginations. The game becomes dangerous when adults get involved and ask Emily and Michael to help them reach their own loved ones. It's a sad book about life and death, truth and lies, jealousies and the impulse to help and heal.