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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

MICHELLE'S REVIEW: Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffe

Title: Ghost Flower
Author: Michele Jaffe
Format Acquired: Paperback
Publication Date: April 12, 2012
Publishing House: Razorbill
ISBN: 9781595143969
Source of Copy: Purchased from Fully Booked


Eve, a runaway, finds a new job at a coffee shop on the outskirts of Tucson. When she's approached by two wealthy teens who claim she bears an uncanny resemblance to their missing cousin Aurora, her life takes a turn for the dark and mysterious. Drawn into a scheme to win Aurora's inheritance, Eve finds herself impersonating the girl, who disappeared three years ago on the night her best friend Elizabeth died. But when Liza's ghost begins to haunt Eve, doing harm to the people close to her under the guise of "protecting" her, Eve finds herself in a nightmare maze of lies and deception that leads her to question even her own identity. She realizes her only chance is to uncover the truth about what happened the night Liza died, and to find Liza' killer - before she's next.

(Image, summary, and information courtesy of Goodreads)


When Eve is offered a huge sum of money to impersonate the wayward, and most importantly, missing, cousin of two rich teens, she can hardly turn them down, especially when her job at Starbucks is hardly making ends meet. She can probably ignore her conscience, but she can't ignore Liza's ghost who seems intent on helping her to unveil the truth about Liza's death and Aurora's disappearance.

A highly enjoyable thriller, Ghost Flower makes use of a strong female protagonist in Eve who is clever as she is observant. In fact, it is her quick-thinking that threw me into a loop and had me clamoring for more. Eve's grandmother was endearing, if you find snarky old people amusing (which I do, just not my own please). 

There were some times I ended up lost, but Jaffe is such an entertaining storyteller that I just went with the flow. The only thing I found quite strange in Ghost Flower was the romantic nature of the ending, which was not only unsatisfying but abrupt as well. Having said that, the three-and-a-half stars I'm giving this novel obviously does not include the final few pages.

I'm keeping this review short on purpose as it is a thriller, and I do not want to unintentionally spoil people. Ghost Flower is recommended for people who want their thrillers with a tiny dash of paranormal activity and mystery.



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