Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ghost Wood Song” as Want to Read:
Ghost Wood Song
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ghost Wood Song

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,132 ratings  ·  523 reviews
Sawkill Girls meets Beautiful Creatures in this lush and eerie debut, where the boundary between reality and nightmares is as thin as the veil between the living and the dead. 

If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.

Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also k
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by HarperTeen
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ghost Wood Song, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Erica Yes! Both Ghost Wood Song and my next book, The River Has Teeth, are standalones.
Mango I would not call it a horror book, there is a lot of talk about death and ghosts throughout and some disturbing moments but I would definitely call it…moreI would not call it a horror book, there is a lot of talk about death and ghosts throughout and some disturbing moments but I would definitely call it eerie. No it is not scary.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.76  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,132 ratings  ·  523 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Ghost Wood Song
megs_bookrack ((is on vacation))
**4.5-stars rounded up**

M-O-O-D. This book is a complete mood and I loved it!!

Shady Grove is a fiddle-playing high school girl, who has been struggling since her father's untimely death.

Her mother has since remarried and her step-dad, Jim, has a contentious relationship with Shady's older brother, Jesse. This makes life at home far from peaceful.

Shady finds respite practicing her fiddle in the woods surrounding their trailer; at least for a while. Cue creepy woods scenes.

She's also in a band wit
BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | Waterstones

Thank you Edelweiss and HarperTeen for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

This is what evil is--not some unnatural force,
not demons or devils. It's this rigth here--
a man clinging so hard to hate it's worth dying for.
Worth risking the lives of his wife and his child.
Worth seeing a bullet fly into his brother's brain.
Worth everything.

I came across Ghost Wood Song and I was soon lost. I am absolutely and easily smitten by a pretty co
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I don't know about you but this book reminds me of THE BONE HOUSES, and I loved THE BONE HOUSES. Anything that gives me creepy, ghosty, Tim Burtony vibes is a YES I WANT for me ...more
Erin Craig
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Waters' debut is a true Southern Gothic, striking the perfect balance of atmospheric chills, dark familial secrets, and a yearning for the warm comforts of home. I could hear the cicadas' call and feel the smothering humidity, even as I shivered! ...more
Jenny Baker
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Ghost Wood Song is an entertaining magical realism novel that’s an easy read, ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon. It's not scary ghost story, in case you're wondering. I highly recommend the audiobook.
rachel ☾
Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Hannah Whitten
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this creepy, atmospheric, lyrical book. The characters jump off the page and the resolution is SO satisfying.
DNF 62%

I lost 8h of my life listening to the audiobook and it's one of those times when I REGRET IT.
I'm so glad I didn't buy the book. I was super excited for it when I've read the synopsis because it sounds really interesting.

Unfortunately it wasn't what I expected at all.
She has a mistery to solve, so she can get her brother out of trouble. She hopes she can do it by speaking with ghosts.
This girl has no experience dealing with ghosts, but she tries anyway and of course she gets in a lot of tr
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

I usually begin new (especially debut) novels with high expectations, and then I’m almost inevitably disappointed (see The Nameless Queen, as one example among many). This time was sort of the opposite. I requested the ARC from Edelweiss on impulse, with no real belief it would be very good since the blurb is so vague, and it turned out to be AMAZING.

Seventeen-year-old Shady Grove Crawford lives in a trailer in Florida with her mo
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I wait with the trees and the ghosts, trembling in the warm spring air, my body tuned to a frequency that only sounds like white noise, empty static to my mind. No matter how hard I listen, the silence never resolves into melody"

*ARC provided on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

An eerie debut about a girl desperate to save her brother and a fiddle that raises ghosts.

Shady Grove grew up in a house full of ghosts, and when her father played his fiddle he could call forth t
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it

The story was good , i just didn't care much about the characters , or the writing itself .
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Well I'm 100% buying that cover ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq
An enjoyable and adequate ya gothic contemporary that had its ups and downs and couldn’t really settle on what it wanted to be.

Shady grove is still reeling from her father’s death years ago when another blow befalls the family. The only thing that can save her family? Her dad’s missing magic violin that can call ghosts.

This novel had more romance and very very typical ya love triangle that I wanted or expected, and which I ultimately didn’t really enjoy as its not my thing.

The characters howe
DNF : not the one for me

Was 3 hrs into the 9 hr audiobook and still don't care. I feel sad to let this one go because this has a very good writing style and has an amazing bisexual rep. But I don't want to waste my time with a book that is clearly not my cup of tea.
Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars 。・:*˚:✧。 This story was just okay. Not much really happened for how long it was, I did like the mentions of grief but I just didn’t connect to the characters or story. In my opinion all I can said was it was okay. I do recommend the audiobook though, I think it’s the best way to read this story.
Ash Otterloo
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Wood Song manages to capture aching truths about bisexuality and growing up in a difficult family, and marries them to a sumptuous atmosphere, ghost-lore, and well-earned twists...the result is intoxicating and fabulously creepy. The author's characters are deep and complex in a way that never detracts from the pace, and I'll definitely be reaching for it to re-read in the future. All the stars. ...more
Liz Lawson
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, atmospheric, with a complex mystery driving its central plot, GHOST WOOD SONG is a must read in 2020. An absolutely fantastic debut!
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-horror
4.5 stars!
Ghost Wood Song is an example of magical realism at its finest! What I loved about this story was the bond of music that the central characters shared, and how they take their art out into nature and then the stage and just play together.

The main character, Shady, is a fiddle player and she lost her father four years ago in a car accident. Now his fiddle, which has the magic to summon ghosts, is needed to clear her brother's name of a murder, and put the family's secrets to rest once and for al
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.0 this had the potential to be something entirely beautiful but it fell flat on its face. It needed wayyyy less filler and way more back story content. This could have stood as an excellent short story if you pull out all the filler.
A book continued to open up story plots with immense story backdrops and then provided little to no content about it. Which ended up being the only thing I cared about since the characters were completely dry and typical teenagers to the exception of attempting to
Lacey D-Bell
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
A bit disappointing, but alas, mystery isn't my favorite genre. This really needed more ghosts. That would've saved it quite a bit! ...more
Diana Pinguicha
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, musical story about the power of love and grief.
Sage Knightly
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

Huge thanks to the publisher via Edelweiss+
for the eARC! This in no way affects my review

Ghost Wood Song is a story about love and loss, the stages of grief, music and ghosts, secrets, and family. It is a sibling bond so strong that old secrets are dug up and put to rest in order to save each other. It is a father and daughter relationship so pure that regardless of any misdeeds or secrets, they still care for and support each other. It is a boy wrongly accused of murder and a girl who wou
TheUsualBookworm - Evie
4 stars

Spoiler free review:
I've said this a couple times now, but again, this book turned out to be very different from what I was expecting. All I knew was that there would be ghosts, wood and songs, and that it's horror. Now I didn't quite get the horror vibes as much as it was a contemporary dealing with grief with some supernatural elements thrown in, so I wasn't into the beginning of the story, but as I've read on I started loving the characters more and more and by the end I even teared up
May 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
If it wasn’t for the love triangle I’d give this book all the stars, so instead I give it 4.5 ⭐️

Aside from that, I really liked the book. Loss and forgiveness are the main themes of the novel and the story reflects how everything isn’t always black and white. Shady is the main character, she’s disaster bisexual who’s crushing on two people at the same time. As if that wasn’t enough drama she also has to figure out a mystery to save her brother. A mystery that involves ghosts and family secrets.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was very atmospheric and had very creepy, ghosty vibes. I really struggled to put it down. The characters seem to jump off the page. I absolutely loved this story and will definitely read it over and over again. I would definitely recommend this one.
Hannnah Hansen
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
She play the fiddle in a bluegrass band
But she fell in love with a countryman

10 points to you if you get that reference
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title.

GHOST WOOD SONG is the hauntingly gay murder mystery with a fiddle that calls ghosts from the afterworld that you want to read. Like now.

I requested GHOST WOOD SONG purely on the cover. It offered an atmospheric jaunt through one girl's life of love and loss. Shady lives in a trailer in Florida with her mom, older brother, step-sister, and step-dad. Life for Shady hasn't been easy since the tragic death of her father and t
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book that I got through NetGalley to review.

Story (4/5): When Shady’s brother is accused of killing her stepfather, Shady is determined to prove her brother’s innocence. To do this she decides to track down her father’s missing fiddle and see if she can call her stepfather’s ghost to her. This was an engaging story with a well done murder mystery as the main driver. Shady’s ability to use her father’s cursed fiddle to call ghosts to her adds a supernatur
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was not what I was expecting at all. It wasn't scary, it wasn't creepy, I didn't care about the characters or what happened to them and it was too long. There were some good parts, like the idea of being able to contact ghosts, but for the most part I just wanted it to be over. ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Genre Neutral YA ...: Ghost Wood Song Second Half 1 6 Oct 23, 2020 08:37AM  
Genre Neutral YA ...: Ghost Wood Song First Half 1 8 Oct 23, 2020 08:36AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Only Woman in the Room
  • House of Salt and Sorrows
  • The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
  • The Shadows Between Us (The Shadows Between Us, #1)
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2)
  • Things in Jars
  • Yes No Maybe So
  • Mermaid Moon
  • The Library of Lost Things
  • Nameless Queen
  • Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy #1)
  • The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
  • Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)
  • Twisted Loyalties (The Camorra Chronicles, #1)
  • Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
  • Last Chance Summer
  • Crave (Crave, #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Erica Waters grew up in the pine woods of rural Florida, though she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her spouse and two terrible dogs named Nutmeg and Luna. She has a Master’s degree in English and works as a college writing tutor. She is the author of the Bram Stoker Award winning novel The River Has Teeth, as well as Ghost Wood Song and The Restless Dark. You can visit her online at eri ...more

Articles featuring this book

If you love discovering great stories from new voices, then the past few months have been quite a treat in the world of young adult fiction!...
51 likes · 40 comments
“Today, surviving lightning doesn't feel like enough.” 5 likes
“Grief is what binds the living and the dead. He couldn't have taught me to play this fiddle even if he'd wanted to. Only his death could teach me.” 4 likes
More quotes…