Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Girl Behind the Glass by Jane Kelley

Goodreads: The house on Hemlock Road used to be someone’s home. Until something happened. Something that even after 80 years, can never be forgotten or forgiven . . . .

Eleven-year-old twins Hannah and Anna agree about everything—especially that they don’t want to move to the creepy old house on Hemlock Road.
But as soon as they move into the house, the twins start disagreeing for the first time in their lives. In fact, it’s almost as though something or someone is trying to drive them apart.
While Anna settles in, Hannah can’t ignore the strange things that keep happening on Hemlock Road. Why does she sense things that no one else in the family does?  Like when the hemlock branch outside waves shush, shush. And at night, if she listens hard enough, it’s almost as though someone is trying to talk to her. Someone no one else can hear. Someone angry enough to want revenge. Hannah, are you listening? 
Is the house haunted? Is Hannah crazy? Or does something in the house want her as a best friend—forever?

Its been a long time since I've read and enjoyed a middle grade book. The main creepiness in the book comes from not knowing who the narrator is. It is written n a way where the narrator has thoughts of their own, their own comments are added and their observation on situations and soon you start to realise that the narrator is actually a character in the book but what you do not know is whether they are living or dead. 

Hannah and Anna, eleven-year-old twins are forced to move into the house in Hemlock Road when their elder sister Selena fails to get into a decent college. They hate the creepy house and they plan on ways to get their family to move back to their old home. On the first day of school Anna makes a friend, and soon she is settling in fine, enjoying school and going to slumber parties. Hannah bhates school makes no friends and soon Hannah and Anna are drifting apart. Hannah is lonely, depressed, and that is when the "being" in the house decides to make Hannah her new best friend. Aside from the bats, and mice and other "critters" in the house.

Who is this being, the lonely soul who has been left behind all thise years ago. Why is it trapped in this house. As Hannah spends more and more time by herself, the "voice" starts to communicate with her. It wants her to discover things hidden in the house. It wants her to figure out what had happened. It wants to keep her there with her.

Overall : Excellent writing, gripping., full of suspense. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and absolutely loved the lonely, sometimes hateful and sometimes even menacing narrator.

Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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