Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Girl Behind the Glass

The abandoned old house on Hemlock Road is the sort of place where kids dare each other to run up and touch the front door.  It is not the sort of place where twin sisters Anna and Hannah are remotely interested in living.  They'd far rather have stayed behind at their old house, but they had no choice in the matter.  Instead, they are stuck at the creepy run-down old place, angry with their older sister for being the cause of all their troubles, and they have no idea that Someone is watching them.

Hannah senses the mysterious presence in the house, but no one else does.  For the first time in their lives, the twins don't see eye to eye on things.  Being split up into different classes is difficult, particularly for Hannah, who feels excluded as Anna makes new friends and moves on with their new life.  But Someone is there, waiting, hoping that Hannah might turn out to be a friend - a friend who will never, ever leave her.

This is an atmospheric ghost story that has the added bonus of being told from the point of view of the ghost.  The voice of the "someone" in the story feels authentic and believable, ratcheting up the tension in the story as events unfold, and the mystery surrounding the presence in the house is gradually revealed.  I always love a good ghost story to read in the summertime, and this one fit the bill perfectly.  Fans of Mary Downing Hahn will be delighted with this novel, and it's been a huge hit with young readers at my library this summer.  

The Girl Behind the Glass by Jane Kelley (Random House, 2011)

2 comments:

  1. Ohh! Ohh!! OHHH!!!! I need to read this book! I had never heard of it before but the cover, the title and your review as made it a MUST HAVE! I wish I had seen this yesterday when I needed to add a book to an order (for a text book, so a legit purchase) to get free shipping. I got something else, but this would have been awesome to get.

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    1. I do think you'll enjoy this, Cat. Maybe you can get it for your next order. I'll be interested to hear what you think!

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