Title: Shadowed Summer
Author: Saundra Mitchell (check out her blog too)
Release Date: February 9, 2009
Synopsis: Nothing ever happened in Ondine, Louisiana, not even the summer Elijah Landry disappeared.
His mother knew he ascended to heaven, the police believed he ran away, and his girlfriend thought he was murdered.
Decades later, certain she saw his ghost in the town cemetery, fourteen-year-old Iris Rhame is determined to find out the truth behind “The Incident With the Landry Boy.”
Enlisting the help of her best friend Collette, and forced to endure the company of Collette’s latest crush, Ben, Iris spends a summer digging into the past and stirring old ghosts, in search of a boy she never knew.
What she doesn’t realize is that in a town as small as Ondine, every secret is a family secret.
If you like a good Southern ghost story, then pick up Shadowed Summer. It has everything you would think it should – oppressively hot summer days and nights, a friendship that is cemented in magic, a boy who just happens to be there to help out and a ghost.
There was a lot that impressed me as I delved into this ghostly, Ouija board, magic filled mystery. First, the story is so well written. And secondly, the characters are so very 3-D that you feel like you’ve met them somewhere before. And then lastly, the mystery. The ghost story itself is so full of twists that I kept second guessing myself.
I think this is the perfect book for a wintry day. It reminds us all of those summer breaks when we should have been bored but instead, we found ourselves wrapped up in friendships – old and new and a small town mystery that needed a conclusion. Check out the excerpt on Saundra’s site, here and if you’re in the mood for a ghost story, then definitely check out Shadowed Summer.