Written by: Lee Nichols
Release date: June, 2010
When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.
After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.
One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.
When I was at the airport in England, I was browsing the bookshelves in a little bookstore. When I saw this book, I thought it would be great scary, creepy book to kill my time with. As always I saw another book, bought both of them and didn’t start this one until a few days back.
Emma is a likable character. She’s scared, down to earth and just confused. She’s very relatable too and realistic. What is the deal with Bennet? I have no idea if like him or not. He’s rude and I don’t like that. And why is Emma falling for this guy? Again, no idea. Yes, he’s hot, but that’s it. He just leaves her. I mean, c’mon. Fingers crossed that his attitude is going to change in book two. I just have to mention the three ghosts in the house. They are so sweet and lovable. I just love them.
The plot is great, but I thought it would be much creepier and scarier. I wasn’t scared and there never was a moment I was so freaked out I couldn’t read further. I would have liked the book more, if it was more scarier. Still, it was great. A lot of questions were raised and I still have no idea how to answer them. Betrayal, the sequel, is already in my possession and I’m going to start reading it tonight.
The second book in the series is: