MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD by Emma Berquist

MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD

Age Range: 14 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A lonely teen must use her odd powers to track down a killer.

Eighteen-year-old Alexandra “Lexi” Ivanovich can tell how and when someone will die with just a touch and has an affinity with ghosts. If she tries to save someone from their fate, it only delays the inevitable and can have horrible consequences, a lesson she learned the hard way. Lexi keeps people at a distance, including her de facto family members, who all work for a Los Angeles club, Elysium, whose owner, Urie Porchowsky, offers lifetime protection to youngsters with at least “one foot in the unknown.” After one of their own goes missing, Lexi witnesses the gruesome murder of a local high school student named Jane, and her ghost is soon asking Lexi for help. The disappearances escalate, and Lexi must find the killer while battling her burgeoning feelings for Jane. Lexi and Jane’s tentative (and unusual) relationship is sweet, actually overshadowing the murder mystery, and Berquist (Devils unto Dust, 2018) effectively tackles the destructive nature of grief and loneliness, but the worldbuilding is rather slight. Lexi, Jane, and most of the Elysium crew are presumed white, but some diversity can be found in peripheral characters.

Moody paranormal fare that lacks the spark of Berquist’s debut; consider this a sophomore slump. (Paranormal thriller. 14-18)

Pub Date: May 21st, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06-264281-3
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2019




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