by Katie Ellison
Published by EgmontUSA Release date : February 12th 2013
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover
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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.
OK. Is it just me; or does this cover kind of wig you out too?
I feel like a broken record lately when I say; I don’t usually read thriller type, mysteries or anything of the like. It just seems like more and more lately, they are beeping on my radar and haunting me. This one did NOT disappoint.
I’m becoming such a huge fan of thrillers, especially when you can never decide if the protagonist is losing it or if everything is really happening. Olivia’s mother has schizophrenia, which is hereditary, so it all these events keep you on your toes throughout the entire book and makes you question everything that happens..
After the first initial visit from Stern– and his “message”– everything starts to spiral out of control and Olivia starts to investigate what really happened the night that Stern was murdered. The catch see- is that her mother is accused–AND CONFESSED– and her sentencing is coming up, so times a ticking.
I really loved Olivia. You can just feel her struggle and frustration throughout. She is not only struggling with the death of her best friend and first love, she has to deal with the upcoming sentencing, new family, leaving school and also with being color blind. Yet, her strength shows in every aspect in her struggles. I love how she isn’t too quick to jump to conclusions and questions everything. She’s funny, witty, loyal and just all around, REAL. I was a little confused about her being color blind though. The lack of explanation of that is slightly irritating.
Of course, there is also a romance. Austin– whom Olivia has known as a child, as well. It’s nothing huge to overshadow the rest of the story– but important enough to be there. What was show of Austin, I liked. He’s an arrogant ass at times though BUT my heart broke for HIM at the end.
As the mystery unfolds and secrets are revealed, I was beyond shocked. I was also wrong, which doesn’t happen often. I can’t help but mention that some of the events are a little too far-fetched. I see some of it plausible but not all of it. In any case, it was still good.
Overall- Great thriller with a touch of romance. Notes from Ghost Town will keep you second guessing, shocked and smiling, all in one swoop.