What the Dead Want by Norah Olson

WTDW.jpgPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.32 / 5 stars

My Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Publishing Date: July 26, 2016

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Summary (Goodreads):

16 -year-old Gretchen takes photographs to understand the world around her, a passion her mother Mona fostered and encouraged when she was still around. Since her mom disappeared years ago, Gretchen and her dad have lived on their own in New York City, haunted by Mona’s absence.

When Gretchen’s great aunt Esther calls unexpectedly to tell her that she has inherited the pre-Civil War mansion on her mother’s side of the family in upstate New York, Gretchen understands nothing except that her aunt needs her help. But what she finds there is beyond her imagination. The house is crumbling apart, filled with stacks of papers and journals from decades, even centuries past, and it’s crawling with rodents. It’s also full of secrets and a legacy of racism and violence so reprehensible that the ghosts of the past are exacting revenge on the living.

Somehow the mystery of Mona’s disappearance and the atrocities that happened on the land during the Civil War are inextricably intertwined, and it’s up to Gretchen to figure out how…before even more lives are lost.

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

I received an ARC on an event. Thank you National Book Store and Harpercollins / Katherine Tegen Books!

I had a hard time getting into this book. The pacing is too slow for me and I wasn’t hooked with the story. Gretchen is a 16 year old photo enthusiast like her mother, Mona. Her mom disappeared years ago and such event remains unresolved. When her great aunt Esther informed her that she’s about to inherit a mansion.. which happens to be haunted.

The history of the mansion simply confused me.The characters are okay but boring. The ghost photography kept me interested and it somewhat reminds me of Fatal Frame (a horror game where you take pictures to fight the ghosts). The story isn’t as creepy as I’ve expected. I’m quite disappointed with that. I guess it’s an okay read for me.



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