“Crossing Into the Mystic” by DL Koontz
Grace MacKenna’s family died tragically in a car accident three years ago. She’s been living with her controlling aunt but is now 16 years old and has the opportunity to live at her stepfather’s ancestral home. She looks forward to this break away from her aunt and plans on staying there for three months to fix up the old Civil War home. She says she’s going to do this for a school project. Soon she finds out that this house is haunted by an old relative named, William Kavanaugh. He was murdered in this house and cannot cross over until some unsettled business is figured out. He needs to know what happened to his wife, and why his best friend killed him. Grace discovers that she has a special gift of talking to the dead and William asks for her help. Grace also meets some people in this new town, including a guy named Clay. He finds Grace very interesting but their age difference is an issue, she’s 16, he’s in his 20’s.
I LOVED this book. It was a book I didn’t want to put down. I fell in love with the characters deeply and didn’t want the book to end. Thankfully there is a second book in this series and I can’t wait to start reading it. The author does an amazing job and painting a picture of the big beautiful home, the image of seeing the dead and the land around the house. It made me want to move to Marlowe, West Virginia of this book, sounds like a dream small town.
My only problem with this book is I started reading it just before bed. Before I knew who this dead man was I would get the creepy crawlies after turning the lights out. However, I call that a good thing. The author did their job at building up the suspense of the story. The goose bumps were real, the story felt real.
If you enjoy romantic, suspense, advantage type books I think you’d enjoy this book. I would put this on my summer MUST READ list. I can’t wait to read book 2 and tell you all about it.