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Review: This is Not a Ghost Story

I’m going to break normal blog procedure and rant about this book so SPOILERS AHEAD

This Is Not a Ghost Story 

Summary

Daffodil Franklin just wants to put her past in Nebraska behind her, she’s gotten into the prestigious Bryn Mawr, problem is she just needs a job for the summer to pay for the prestigious institution near unreachable price.

Luckily she’s found just the thing, a job that can give her a quiet summer before freshman year. Housesitting a mansion for a wealthy couple. All she has to do is oversee some construction going on in back. Sure the professor seems a little weird, but he’s just an old professer right they’re all weird.

And the fact that the contrustion crew seems to be making no progress that’s not weird. As the summer progresses and the shadows get longer Daffodil comes to realize the house is more than it appears with weird scratches at the house, too deep to have been made by regular animal, pot pulling themselves to the floor and dreams of murdering the neighbors that feels so real she can’t shake them.

Daffiodil soon realizes her job comes with a steep price and this house has a long history and a grudge that needs to be settled and Daffodil is the key to settling it.

Review

This is Not a Ghost Story, was Portes trying to be ironic everyone is a damn ghost. Oh man the twist at the end, I get that the house was a purgatory metaphor for Daffodil to deal with her guilt about ‘killing’ Zander Hoff who got in the damn car drunk and drove by his own self. Seriously Daffodil needs therapy not a haunted house. If was actually a scary story and not a something trying to be a giant metaphor I think I would have given it a higher rating. Now it just comes across as creepy up from with an deus ex machina type ending.

3/5

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