I found this book a bit unusual, but quite enjoyable. It takes place in a small town in New York state in 1966, on Halloween night. A group of four high school freshmen go to the local graveyard, led by one of them named Charlene, and attempt to raise from the dead a girl who died at age 13 almost 100 years before. Oddly, it works, and the girl, Lottie Barrett, comes to the town and begins to attend the local high school.
What starts as an innocent Halloween stunt turns much more serious when it becomes clear that Lottie is being controlled, to a certain extent, by Charlene, who has come into possession of an ancient book of powerful spells. This book gives Charlene great power, and she uses it in ways that are not very nice. Her friends become quite afraid of her, and tend to do what she wishes to avoid angering her and then suffering the consequence.
The small town is described quite well, and the characters are relatively well drawn. Lottie's story goes ever deeper into horror, and at the end there is a rush to put an end to the situation created by Charlene, and bring some finality to the story of Lottie Barrett. I wasn't quite sure when I began this book whether it was for adults or young adults. After reading it, I think that it could be considered to be able to appeal to both classes of readers.
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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