Did his book raise the dead?My Thoughts: Nicely creepy, this was just the sort of book I was looking to read on a gloomy day. To be honest, this is a hard book to review without giving away all the important bits. But I'll give it try.
Outraged when The Post Gazette overlooks him for a promotion, thirty-nine year old sports writer, Christian Kane quits and moves to the country to write fiction.
Inspiration flows from a grave he stumbles upon in the woods. He compiles The Legend of Rachel Petersen, a fascinating story revolving around the dead twelve year old girl lying beneath the weathered tombstone. His book becomes a Best Seller; then Hollywood makes it in to a blockbuster movie. Kane becomes rich and famous, but only to have Rachel rise from the grave to seek revenge on him for slandering her name!
I liked the division between what people believed about Rachel and what really happened. I liked that we got to see the mystery unfold through the eyes of two boys who wanted to help. I liked that there was a story within a story within a story here -- Christian's quest to write her story, the picking away at the mystery of what happened, and her story itself. Was it complex? Yes. Was I able to follow along? Yes, again.
Without going into too much detail, I thought the ending worked nicely. Twisted enough to keep me guessing and dark enough to make me grin. Both things I like.
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The Legend of Rachel Petersen was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.