I have some very mixed responses to this one. If it had been done as a film, maybe things would’ve been better. As it is, it’s a book and though the story was interesting, I felt it lacked the important emotional connection at the start of the book to make me care about the main character, Ebony. But I don’t, not at all. Couldn’t care about what happened to her.
Maybe I’m heartless.
What did come through very well was a sense of fear and confusion. The genre was confusing; did I pick up a teen drama? A paranormal? A thriller? Wasn’t sure until close to the end. And then there was the fear. Even though I didn’t care about Ebony, I was still afraid of the spooky house and all of the talk about curses. Totally creeped out. Well done Ferris, very masterful.
Still didn’t care about Ebony.
Ebony Marshall is the freak in town, some even whisper that she’s cursed because three of her best friends died. And now it looks like the new guy in town is about to join the dead club when he ends up in intensive care after their first date together. There are secrets and no-one is safe. But can Ebony figure it all out in time, before the curse claims her too?
If you want the spoiler, go and read the book. Really. It’s a good story and maybe you’ll like Ebony from the start and want the very best for her. I on the other hand, just wanted to make it out with my own sanity. If this had been made into an Aussie film, it could’ve scarred the rest of the world into submission; it had that power.
I’m not sure about the book. The story was good and something totally different to what is easily available. But without establishing a reason to care, it lacks the punch. Read it if you like the uncertainty and darkness of humanity.