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Alice May Parker moves with her family to the sleepy town of Pacific Grove after her Mom dies, but little does she know the strange and terrifying events to come. When she falls into the bay during a kayaking trip, she is rescued from drowning by the mysterious Henry Raphael. Handsome, old fashioned and cordial, he is unlike any other boy she has known before. Intelligent and romantic, he sees straight into her soul. Soon Alice and Henry are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance until she finds out that Henry is not all that he seems. . .
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✫.•° My Review °•.✫
The Haunting of Alice May is centered around Alice May Parker. Alice and her family lived in Chicago until the death of her mother. After her mother’s death, Alice’s father decides to move to the small and quaint town of Pacific Grove. On top of trying to come to terms with the death of her mother, Alice now has to try and settle into a new place, a new school and make new friends.
In a bid to fit in and mix with these people, she joins a kayaking trip. Sounds like a great idea right? It would be better if Alice wasn’t completely terrified of the water. Whilst in the kayak and mist begins to roll into the bay, the group are told to head for shore. But Alice becomes lost in the mist, where she’s swept into the water. Alice is saved by a mysterious boy who we later learn isn’t exactly what he seems.
The idea for The Haunting of Alice May is really good. It’s a mixture of paranormal, gothic and romance which I feel should be enjoyable for young adults. I liked the idea behind an island for Souls, a bit like purgatory, where they are free to roam. It was different from anything I’ve read so far.
I’m not convinced about the romance aspect of this book as I felt it was a bit too weird and unrealistic. I know it’s only fiction but I found it hard to believe that a 17-year-old girl who found out her boyfriend is really a 100-year-old ghost, the first thing she worries about is how that would impact their relationship. Surely, there should be some kind of shock, disbelief, maybe even a little hint of Fear?
That aspect aside I did enjoy reading The Haunting of Alice May. I think the author has left the odd loose end, which I think could be used to expand this book into a series. If there is a second book then I’d give it a read and see what happens.
✫.•° About the Author °•.✫
Tony Lee Moral is the author of three books on Alfred Hitchcock and specialises in mystery and suspense; “Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass”, “The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds” and “Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie”.
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