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Book Review - Ghost Maven by Tony Lee Moral


I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. Ghost Maven is a Young Adult Novel. It is the first in a trilogy. After her mother dies from a long-term illness, sixteen-year-old Alice Parker moves to Pacific Grove, California, to start a new life with her father, Oliver, and younger sister, Sophie.

For as long as Alice can remember, she struggles with a real fear of drowning but is not afraid of dying. Her homeroom class organises a kayaking trip and Alice decides to go, to make new friends and conquer her fear of water. Whilst out on the ocean, a strange fog rolls in. Alice becomes disoriented. A large wave turns the kayak over and Alice begins to drown. Alice sees a shape swimming towards her and peers through the murkiness to see who it could be. Alice sees a boy with the lightest blue eyes reaching out to her. This is the first time she meets the mysterious Henry Raphael, who pulls Alice to safety.

Alice tells everyone about the mysterious boy who saved her from drowning and the island in Monterey Bay, however she is told that no one saw him and that she had imagined the island. After the incident, Alice meets Mrs Prescott who informs the teenager to, ‘stay away from the water.’

I really enjoyed this adventure story which is filled with teenage angst, love and ghosts… The book takes you on a journey and you learn about Alice’s ability to communicate with the afterlife and slaying ghosts. An ancient curse has been placed on the town which means that people’s souls are still living amongst mortals. Alice learns that Henry is a seventeen-year-old sailor who died one-hundred-seventeen years ago and lives on in the fourth plane of existence. Henry is waiting for an opportunity to make amends for causing the death of his ship’s entire crew.

Atmosphere and tension set the tone and mood of this book. Characters are well developed. I like the relationship that Alice has created with her friends, Emily and Christian, who support her in her hour of need. I also found myself identifying with Alice whilst she adjusted to her new life.

Tony Lee Moral has written three books on Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense. He has used his tools and techniques to create suspense in this story. Towards the end of this story, I wanted to know more about Henry and Alice’s relationship and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

If you like ghost stories, then this book is a must. I give five out of five for this enjoyable book that I couldn’t put down.

Review by Kylie Holmes

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