The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter by Caroline Flarity

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”

Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone.

As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.

But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay.

This book wasn’t what I was expecting – from the cover (and what a cover! That was enough to draw my attention to the book all on its own) I was expecting a gentle teen horror novel with a chain rattling ghost or two. I was delighted instead to be reading about some horrendously nasty hauntings and horrors of human behaviour, the fact that the main characters were teenagers didn’t mean the author pulled any punches.

Anna’s dad is a ghost hunter and the local oddball, and not shy about the fact so things are understandably difficult for her at home and at school. He’s been getting increasingly withdrawn since the death of her mother and she’s trying her best to survive her high school experience with the help her two best friends.

Things in town start getting weird, with some genuinely unsettling hauntings and behaviours and Anna steps up to deal with the paranormal problems all her loved ones now face.

I loved the author’s writing style, this is a coming of age story with a twist and I easily connected with each and every one of the characters.

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