Just in time for Halloween and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I recommend this spooky and inspiring debut novel by K.E. Lamont.
Maree Russo has problems. Not only is she dealing with the mountains of homework, exams, and college applications that come with being a high school senior, she must also somehow convince her mother that the voices Maree hears aren’t symptoms of schizophrenia; she can actually hear the dead. And as if that weren’t enough to deal with, one day Maree’s best friend, Andie, mysteriously disappears. Finding Andie quickly becomes Maree’s only concern, even as Maree’s mother ramps up her determination to have her daughter committed. As the voices of the dead begin to drown out the living, Maree must face her own demons and find Andie before she ends up in a straitjacket.
I was really impressed with the novel, especially after learning that the author was around eighteen years old at the time of publication. The plot progression was interesting with each chapter alternating between the present and the past. It allowed for great character development, and by the end I was fully invested in Maree’s story. I look forward to reading more from this author.
According to the author’s note, the first draft of this book was written in 30 days for NaNoWriMo. I’m totally inspired by the author’s determination.