Published by Doubleday on Feb 11, 2014
Genres: fantasy, horror, mystery
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Just outside of the small town of West Hall, Vermont is an old stretch of wood with a strange rock formation called the Devil’s Hand. In 1908, Sarah’s daughter Gertie is found dead, then Sarah and her husband are found dead a few months later.
Fast forward to present day, Ruthie lives in Sarah’s house with her mom and sister. One morning, Ruthie wakes up and her mom is gone and her little sister is freaking out. As they search the house for clues on where there mother could of gone they get wrapped up in the story of Sarah’s life, as told in her journals, and the mysterious disappearances that have taken place in the area for years. Her mom is somehow connected to it. And then you find out there is something creepy in the closet . . . .
What really makes this story is a creep-fest is the sleepers. Basically, we are talking about zombies here. There is a spell/incantation that can bring back a dead loved one for 7 days. And since everyone in this story seems to have lost a loved one, it is a hot commodity.
This book is un-put-down-able with the perfect combination of creepiness, mystery, and historical fiction.
West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.