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{Notes From a Ghost Town: Kate Ellison}Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison
Published by EgmontUSA on February 12, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Read 4 Review
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5 Stars



{Synopsis} –They say first love never dies…

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

{My Thoughts} – I had a real difficult time getting interested in this book. I kept telling myself that it had to get better eventually. Once I had read through the first few chapters the book had picked up tremendously. This book is about a teenage girl named Olivia and her quest to clear her mother’s name for the murder of her best friend Lucas.

Olivia is lost and doesn’t know how to respond to things. She makes some poor errors of judgment, gets drunk and nearly drowns. If it weren’t for Lucas she would have died that night in the water, but he had pulled her to safety. That is when she realized she was either imagining him or he was a ghost.

The poor girl was terrified she was turning into her mother with the same mental issues. She was so afraid that she was going crazy as her mother had. In the end though through a lot of headache, disappointments, and questioning she figures out what had happened the night Lucas had died.

This book is well worth the read. It’s an emotional roller coaster in some places and brilliantly written. I learned one thing that is important, that you can’t judge a book based in the first couple of chapters, because once I was through reading I wanted to know more about everything that had happened. I was completely drawn into the words that had been written on the pages.