Thursday, 22 September 2011

TEEN: Texas Gothic - Rosemary Clement-Moore

Release Date: 07/07/11


A spooky, electrifying love story.

Amy Goodnight's family are far from normal. She comes from a long line of witches, and grew up surrounded by benevolent spirits and kitchen spells. All fairly harmless, but Amy can't wait to get to college and escape the "family business".

But things take a darker turn when she and her sister Phin spend the summer looking after Aunt Hyacinth's ranch. Amy is visited by a midnight spectre who is clearly trying to send her a message. It seems that the discovery of an old grave on a neighbour's land has been the catalyst for an apparent ghost uprising.

Aided by local friends and Ben, the handsome cowboy who just can't take his eyes off Amy, the sisters investigate. And they soon find that there's something strange and dangerous going on, deep in the heart of Texas...


This title was a little late in arriving and to be honest it went onto my back pile to tackle when things quietened down, until that is I picked it up to give the first 20 pages a try to see if it was something that was a light read or something that would require a bit more time. What this title did was establish the lead character very well in those first few pages and then made sure that I couldn’t put it down until I turned the last page.

It was quirky, it was fun but above all else it had a mystery that although parts are supernatural others are more man made as it unfurls. Add to this a great use of pace, some wonderful prose and a heroine that you really do like on a personal level and all in it was a satisfactory read. I really can’t wait to read more Goodnight adventures.

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