Help for the Haunted is the story of Sylvie Mason, and her parents. In the middle of a cold, blistery night her parents get a phone call. It is not un...more Help for the Haunted is the story of Sylvie Mason, and her parents. In the middle of a cold, blistery night her parents get a phone call. It is not unusual in their occupation of helping" lost souls"( great timing to read this book on account of the wintry weather we have in SC).
This night they take their daughter late at night with them to meet someone at a church in a desolate location in town. First her father gets out of the car. Minutes pass, then more minutes. Then her mother tells her to stay in the car for her. Then again the same thing happens. Her mother doesn't come back. Sylvie gets out of the car and goes into the church. She hears a gunshot, and finds them murdered. Then we fast forward a year later.
We learn about the family dynamics, what a strange family this is. There is Rose, the rebellious and devious daughter. Then Sylvie, is the obedient daughter that does no wrong. The parents are a lot to be desired. Her mother believes in the cause of lost souls. But, the father is not what he seems to be as you will find out at the end. There is twists that will make the story satisfying. Then you have her Uncle that doesn't seem like a bad person. But, the parents, especially the father thinks so. He paints a bad picture for his children. Did he kill the parents, or Mr. Lynch the father with the daughter, with the "lost soul".
The Help for the Haunted is mystery, suspense, and a bit of gothic rolled into one. I enjoyed reading about the lost souls, and the business the parents were in. I felt sorry for the daughters in what kind of family they had. The father manipulated the lost souls for his notoriety and monetary gain. Not a person I liked at all.
I have been reading mystery suspense novels over my school vacation. Help for the Haunted is not the exception. It was a interesting read. For some reason I could not connect with the characters until the end of the book. I pick books that are different, from a different theme that I don't know anything about. For this book, this is a novel about " haunted souls". First I thought, the haunted souls were people searching for their loved one's that had died. Than it turned out it was something different. You realize there is not a definitive line who is the person that needs to be saved.
Is it the person that is searching for their dead family member? or is it someone that has emotional problems? Most parents know sometimes it is hard to reach our adolescent child. Sometimes, it is someone that is not intimately involved with a young teenager? Sometimes it can be a stranger. (less)
Snow Child is the book debut of Eowny Ivey. She was inspired to write Snow Child because of the Russian Fable, The Snow Maiden.
In 1920 Alaska, a elderly, childless couple, Mabel and Jack are homesteaders. They moved from the United States to escape the reminders of what they left behind. They were unable to conceive a child.
When we first meet them, they both seem lonely, and isolated, just like the landscape of Alaska. It is beautiful, but then it is desolate and primitive.
One day, Mabel and Jack build a " Snowchild", out of snow. But the next morning Jack finds the"Snowchild" is gone. Where did she go? Where are the mittens, and the scarf and hat that they left on the Snow Child. The Snow Child eventually appears, and then disappears after Spring comes. Then returns in the winter. No one can see the child except for Mabel and Jack.
The Snow Child was slow moving. What made the story was the characters the author created. The characters grow on us. We actually embrace them and care about them. Her sentence structure, beautiful prose made the story flow. I appreciated what the author had written after I finished the novel. There are many themes, and lots to discuss. There were parts of the story that I felt were a bit far fetched, and unrealistic.(less)