Author: Jennifer Walkup
Source: Received complimentary e-copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Edition: Ebook, 288 pages
Genre: Horror, Mystery, YA
Publisher: Luminis Books
Published Date: October 1st, 2013
Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it’s begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.
Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny’s past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.
Date Read: November 18, 2013
In a way it makes sense that I would like this book as much as I did because it has a number of elements I am drawn to, but there’s not that many specifics I can give without giving away any spoilers. So let’s change it up shall we?
Second Verse was a fun, quick read. I flew through the first half in no time at all. The second half slowed down, but that was necessary as the meat and potatoes were starting to pile up and you definitely need time to digest every thing.
I loved the characters Lange and Vaughn, their friends Kelly and Ben and even Stace. I loved the creepy farmhouse that thankfully was much less creepy than it could have been. I wouldn’t go as far as to call this horror genre, because while there were moments that had me on the edge of my seat, it wasn’t as scary as I would consider a typical horror-genre novel to be.
The story was beautifully written and while there are some things you will be able to figure out right away, there are twice as many that will surprise you.
This is one of those books where I will cross my fingers for a sequel, as there were two, possibly three threads that weren’t left as tied up as I would have liked. Maybe a companion novel? There’s definitely more to this story.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Second Verse and would definitely recommend this book and this author. I know I will be keeping my eye out for future novels by Jennifer Walkup!