written by Jennifer Walkup
My Rating: 4 Stars
Can love last more than a lifetime? Can Murder?
Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it’s begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.
Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny’s past and discovering how their own past is connected to hers. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.
Originally, it was the synopsis that made me curious enough to pick up this book and read it. After reading it, I was glad that I gave in to that curiosity because I sure wasn’t disappointed.
This book is fast paced and a very smooth read. You will keep flipping the pages because the suspense is intense. This book may fall under the ‘young adult’ genre but I found it so spooky, suspenseful and eerie… it made me get up to check that my doors were locked!
The characters were believable and likeable. I enjoyed the tension between the teenagers and the way they interacted with one another.
The plot was unique and gripping and while it was a paranormal story – it still carried that oh so important believability factor.
Two thumbs up on the plot line! It’s hard to believe that this is Jennifer Walkup’s first novel. I find myself looking forward to keeping an eye out for any of her work in the future! (Hopefully I won’t be kept waiting long! Hint hint!)
If you are looking for a fast-paced, thrilling ride of a story… one that will keep you thinking about it, long after you put it down… do yourself a favour and pick this book up! It’s a keeper!
About The Author of Second Verse – Jennifer Walkup
When Jennifer Walkup isn’t writing or reading, she’s spending time with her husband and young sons, listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, and coming up with costume ideas for Halloween. She’s obsessed with good coffee and new recipes and likes broccoli on her pizza, flowers in her hair, flip-flops on her feet, and the number 13. A member of SCBWI, Jennifer also serves as fiction editor for The Meadowland Review and teaches creative writing at The Writers Circle. Second Verse is her first novel.
About The Prizes
Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, The Field by Tracy Richardson. Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form on The Official Luminis Duo Tour Page via Novel Publicity.
Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN. Learn more at www.luminisbooks.com.
Learn more about Second Verse‘s tour mate HERE.