This mystery is off to a promising start. Part ghost story, it tells of the drowning of one of Arielle’s sister’s best friends. Arielle had just seen Perdita the day before at their house, talking to her sister and her sister’s newer bff, Emily. Perdita hadn’t been around much since Casey started to spend all of her time with Emily, and the raised voices, stomping and door slamming made Arielle think that she would be seeing even less of Perdita.
In the morning, a gruesome scene awaits. Perdita has drowned in the pond in the park across the street, and it is widely assumed that she has taken her own life. But is there more to the story?
Perdita’s brother, Tex, has been at a private school, but is returning to the local high school. The year promises to be full of change, sadness, answers and twists and turns for everyone. Especially when Arielle starts communicating with the beyond. Was Perdita suicidal? Or was she murdered?
It’s never a great idea – if you’re trying to get some good sleep, that is – to start a good book at ten pm. Granted, you might not know this ahead of time, but I certainly was completely and utterly sucked into Arielle’s world. She has many reasons to be able to see ghosts, from a vivid imagination to a dead brother, but it is still unnerving. And when Perdita dies and seems to be trying to communicate with Arielle, is she just supposed to brush it off? Is there another reason?
The murder mystery was well done, and having a ghostly “sidekick” made it all the more creepy. In addition, the cast of characters that might have done it is well-planned. My only negative? Without giving too much away, I must say that after reading the majority of the book, part of the story took a weird turn that was obviously supposed to be the big twist. To be honest, I felt let down.
The relationship between Tex, and Arielle and the changes that happen with Arielle’s best friend, Chloe, are well-written and so real. All-in-all, a good, solid read.
Perdita by Faith Gardner was published August 1, 2015 by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher and the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Mystery Romance
Ages: 13 and up