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The Death of Torberta Turchin

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Torberta Turchin spoke to the dead. But like plants, or rabbits, or any 14-year-old girl, she didn't know that she herself was going to die.

And soon.

Despite her morbid past, Torberta lives a relatively normal life. She goes to school. She hangs out with her friends. She visits the school psychologist on a regular basis. But strange things have been happening lately, and sh
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Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published (first published February 19th 2011)
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Katie
Sep 27, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If given the choice to read a book or work a load of calculus problems, I would instantly choose the latter; unless, of course, the book was less than twenty pages, a part of the Harry Potter series, or The Death of Torberta Turchin. I cannot get myself to read four textbooks each week, read books to write papers over, and then actually have a want to read a leisurely book in my spare time (that is, unless it is for the exceptions mentioned). For the longest time, a Harry Potter book was the on ...more
Edwin Stark
Mar 27, 2011 Edwin Stark rated it it was amazing
The Death of Torberta Turchin (hereby to be known as DoTT to make it short) is a finally crafted mistery about the tribulations of a young girl who's able to hear the spirits of dead people around her. You see, someone wants her dead for more than one reason; one involving the afterlife; the others based on more terrenal worries. Saying more would be certainly a spoiler.

There's an extensive line-up of engaging characters that really help with the necessary suppension of disbelief. Although I for
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R Andrews
Apr 03, 2011 R Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Death of Torberta Turchin is very well written. Despite a paranormal theme and an unusual school setting, Shannon Mawhiney makes the characters, the situations, dialogue and setting realistic. Her considerable skill takes us inside the lives of these adolescents and the twists and turns that they struggle to overcome. Just when you think you have it figured out, she throws in another twist. Fabulous job.
Melissa Smith
Mar 30, 2011 Melissa Smith rated it it was amazing
I have to say that this 'ghost' story is a page turner. It makes you read on because you want to know what Torby hears next. You feel sorry for the sad childhood that this girl has had. Dislike the family who only tolerate her and love the friends who love her. This is a well written and put together story. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.
Victoria Brinius
Feb 21, 2015 Victoria Brinius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good suspense novel. It is also a good paranormal story. This could really be a series and I would watch every week. Torberta is not normal. She talks to the dead, and tries to help the living. She goes to school for the mentally ill, and her gifts are not really appreciated. However the title gives away the ending, and I would have liked a different title (that cost the book a star). With that being said, her death itself is weird. The ending reminded of the ending to "The Sixt ...more
Keryl Raist
Dec 10, 2011 Keryl Raist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually review YA books. About one in seven of the submissions I get are YA, and usually, before I even get to the sample, the general plot line has turned me off. See, I didn't enjoy being a kid. I got done with it as soon as I could. So, getting to spend more time in high school or junior high isn't my idea of fun. Add in two of the main YA tropes, angst for the sake of angst, and brainless first love, and well, it's just really not my genre.

So, The Death of Torberta Turchin just about
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Alexis DeSousa
Sep 11, 2011 Alexis DeSousa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Death of Torberta Turchin is a story about a young girl, Torberta (Torby), who can hear voices. Because she talks to these voices, her aunt and uncle send her away to boarding school with children who also have certain mental problems. Torby enjoys spending time at boarding school, because less people treat her differently there.

At first, Torby is relatively content about her voices, who she believes are ghosts. I think it was fun to go along with Torby in figuring out if she was truly craz
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Ceri Clark
I don’t often give five stars for a book, but I’m learning to reserve them for books that really wow me, the death of Torberta Turchin is such a book.

The story I would say is aimed at the young adult market, but at the advanced age in my, ahem, early thirties, I certainly enjoyed it.

From the beginning, you are hooked and three questions stand out through the story. Is she really psychic, who is trying to kill who and what will happen to Toberta Turchin. A ddeath can mean so many things, she coul
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Robert Grieco
Dec 07, 2015 Robert Grieco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was extremely interesting with very likable characters - Both good and bad. :) The intriguing story really made me think of the after-life. Never read a book such as this one. It would make a great movie!
Monica
Mar 27, 2011 Monica rated it it was amazing
This is a great piece of fiction that you won't want to put down. If I didn't have to take midterms I would never have stopped reading it. You get caught in the very beginning by this well-written, touching story about a girl named Torby, who you can't help but empathize with. This book has all of the right stuff. It has everything you could want in a story. It's got comedy, tragedy, mystery, and so much more. This book is simply amazing. I love this story and I'm not afraid to say so. If you're ...more
Mersaydez
May 14, 2011 Mersaydez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was masterfully written and it was creative and original. It's crafty and mysterious as I got to travel with the young girl in the story. Shannon Mawhiney made everything so realistic and I felt like I could relate some of the things to my real life (minus the whole seeing-the-dead thing). It was defnitely a page-turner and I could not put it down.
Tasha
Sep 15, 2012 Tasha rated it did not like it
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Sometimes I wonder who the heck is reviewing these books.. Almost a five star average?? What?? This book sucked!


And why were Torby's parents never explained??
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Shannon Mawhiney is the author of The Death of Torberta Turchin (fantasy, gothic, paranormal young adult/adult novel about a girl who speaks to ghosts) and Abnormality: A Short Story (experimental paranormal short story about a girl who can do anything, until she can't). She lives in Missouri with her husband and kittie and generally just enjoys being entertained, whether by books, movies, games, ...more
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