Rebecca couldn’t feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She’s staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she’s invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he’s got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There’s just one catch: Lisette is a ghost.
A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle.
As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend — and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey — she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?
Beefs: The only problem really, is that the book isn't spectacular. Really, it's a good book. Text book good. Pacing, plot, characters, intrigue. I read all the way through without getting bored. Other than the descriptions of the Mardi Gras parades, it's almost forgettably good.
Brownie Points: The end. Morris does something I think few authors would want to attempt. Can't give it away. But basically, what everyone is afraid of happening, happens. And that's cool. It made me happy. The other great thing is the plot--the driving force behind the novel. You meet this ghost, and at first you think Rebecca just found her new ability that she can talk to ghosts. Well, she can only talk to the one ghost, and for a reason that shocks you. And I love the depictions of the dead world living with ours. Rebecca literally takes a walk with a ghost and sees what no one ever sees. Uniqueness and originality, ten points.
Ending: As you'd expect.
Recommendation: If you like ghost stories, or New Orleans, or want something original, read it. It's not a waste of time.
Would I represent it? The jury's still out on that one. I like the originality. And I'm finding that I'm fond of books that are very regionalized, depicting one town or city in all it's glory (or ruin, considering the lasting effects of Katrina).