Ever since her mother tried to kill her when she was five, 16-year-old Mattie Hathaway has been able to see ghosts. It’s bad enough that she’s been in the foster care system since that terrible incident with her mother, but she doesn’t need the hassle of being thought weird, so she keeps it to herself. But, when her foster sister, Sally, appears before her with a bullet hole in her forehead, she has to do something. As she feared, though, people think she’s a bit strange. Things only get worse when other wraiths, similarly killed, begin to appear, including one strange boy spirit who is capable of hurting her—really physically hurting.
Her only hope is a rookie cop, only a few months on the job, who doesn’t know if he believes her, but is sure that he has strong feelings for her.
You might think that The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker is a scary story for young readers, but I caution you; think again. A chilling tale that begins a bit bumpily, but very quickly, the ‘bumps’ are the things that inhabit the night. Mattie is seeing the victims of a demented, vicious serial killer who seems to enjoy inflicting maximum damage on the victims before dispatching them. The stakes are raised when Mattie tunes into one of the victims who hasn’t died yet, but who is being tortured, and she learns that she’s slated to be the next victim. Can she find the killer before the killer finds her? I’m not telling, because that would spoil the book for you. You’ll just have to read it and find out for yourself.
I give you fair warning, though; read this book in a room with all the lights on.
I give it four stars.