Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Review: Beyond: A Ghost Story, by Graham McNamee

Beyond: A Ghost Story has in interesting premise and just enough creep factor to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sara (she's called Jane in the blurb on the back of the book but Sara in the ARC) is recovering from a near-death experience. She still has the nail from the nail gun in her head. She was dead and brought back to life. Unfortunately, this seems to be a trend in Sara's life. She drank drain cleaner, grabbed a downed electric wire that was live, and almost got hit by a train before this most recent event.

The only person, besides Sara, who knows what is going on is Sara's best friend, Lexi. Sara is haunted by her shadow. At times, her shadow leaves her body and makes Sara do things to harm herself (like pick up a nail gun, hold it to her head, and press the trigger.)

Sara has nightmares and walks in her sleep. Her shadow sends her to places she doesn't understand. Throughout Beyond: A Ghost Story, Lexi and Sara try to figure out why Sara is haunted. There is a reason--this isn't just a random thing. I enjoyed how it all works out. McNamee has mixed the real with the supernatural in a very interesting way.

I did have to suspend some disbelief regarding the parents, doctors, and other adults, as is often the case. After all the things their daughter has gone through, she still manages to convince them that these are all "accidents???" Not likely.

Beyond: A Ghost Story is short, easy to read, and engaging. Something is always happening -- there isn't any down time. I can easily recommend this to reluctant readers who like ghost stories. Beyond: A Ghost Story isn't super scary, and is more suited to the middle school crowd or younger teens.

Published by Wendy Lamb Books, September 11, 2012
ARC obtained from RandomBuzzers
230 pages

Rating: 4/5

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