Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.
Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…
Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.
Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?
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I’m totally in love with this series. Mary Hades (that last name though, awesome) has been through a lot; she got admitted into a mental ward, almost got killed by a psychotic doctor who, by the way, killed her best friend, and also managed to get said-best friend as a ghost best friend now. YUP, you heard that right. Mary now has a ghost who follows her around, her quirky, sassy best friend, Lacey. So when she (Mary) had to go on some lame (her words, not mine) summer trip to some unknown place, she tried to make the best out of it. With her ghost sidekick by her side, giving her love advice, what could go wrong, right? WRONG. When one by one, men/boys start dropping dead, Mary realises that this could be more than just some summer trip. Add in a hot local, Seth, who might have some connection to said-deaths? Whoa, suspense!
I have to say, I am super impressed by the book. I was already in love with Mary at the start, because she just has that strong aura. I mean, dude, the girl just had to go through life with people, including her parents, who think she might be crazy. Because apparently, Mary sees monsters she called “the Thing”, and everytime she sees them, someone dies very soon. And Lacey, man for a girl who has already died, she sure has a lot of spunk in her. I think she was my favorite character throughout the whole book. She went through that huge insecurity phase and she managed to come out of it stronger than before. But you know who I kinda don’t like? Seth. Yup, for the first time ever, I do not like the hot, sexy guy. I don’t know, the way the author structure him, it’s like he’s too perfect, but has quite a baggage that expects sympathy. I mean, really, he practically charmed Mary throughout the whole book, eek. Slimy guy HAHA. But the whole story seems sweet, and I can’t wait for the next book (not sure if it’s out yet!) And if you like Supernatural tv series, you might like this book. Cos it’s quite similar 😉