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The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork
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Jul 20, 2011

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bookshelves: my-biggest-fear, sshh-family-secrets
Read from July 17 to 18, 2011

i seem to have a knack lately for choosing perfectly average books to read...

this is a book i failed to win as a firstreads giveaway (hhmph) but was still interested in. so i guess i'm not displeased that i didn't win, because i might have felt churlish giving a lukewarm review to something given to me for free, and had to live with the bad feeling that would have left in my soul. as it stands, i only have to feel a little bad. i can live with that.

so this is a historical novel centered around a pair of bored rich twins who convince the neighbor kids, and later, the adults, that the girl of the pair can communicate through the dead, but in reality, she's just cracking her ankle and pretending it is from the great beyond. sorta loosely based on these sisters:


but honestly, all the spirit knocking stuff was really just window-dressing for a perfectly adequate family drama, which was disappointing, after having read better treatments of the subject:

Beyond Black
The Haunting of L
The Seance


this doesn't really add anything to the historical spiritist novel, but removing that element of the book would leave precious little to the story. does the math on that wash? it's more a quantity/quality thing i guess. i expected a creepy ghost story. if i couldn't have that, i would have liked a good con story. what i got was a pretty basic family seeeecrets story with cardboard halloween decorations.

s'okay. but they probably won't use this book to make a hollywood summer blockbuster. maybe a made-for-teevee...

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message 1: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine average books with above average titles, and quite good concepts

karen i still love the cover though... spooky

message 3: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I'm not a fan of the cover, but I think matt ruff would do something quite nice if given that plot

karen is he writing anything?? he hasn't come out with anything in ages...

karen oh. that book is not for me. shame.

message 7: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine he is clearly writing it for me.

karen tell him it's my turn

message 9: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine is it?

message 10: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine it is inconvenient that so many of the authors you like are writing books that are clearly for me.

karen i know! it is rude, you ask me.

message 12: by Richard (new)

Richard G regarding books written for goodreaders haha-ha. a good tittle is a terrible thing to waste and can do such damage when paired with a comparable cover, ugh.

message 13: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra i hate when i go through book slumps, haha. damn these books with enticing covers and intriguing titles that end up being crap ~>:0

karen i know.... i am such a sucker.

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