LUCY CRISP AND THE VANISHING HOUSE by Janet Hill

LUCY CRISP AND THE VANISHING HOUSE

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Age Range: 12 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lucy is having trouble settling on a profession but certainly never expected her explorations to lead her to the bewitching town of Esther Wren.

It’s when Lucy tries her hand at floral arrangements that a co-worker encourages her to apply to Ladywyck Lodge to train in floristry. Lucy’s acceptance to the program prompts her move from New York City to the quaint town where her father buys her an enchanting—or enchanted—house. As soon as she moves in, things begin appearing. Some are good surprises, such as a typewriter and a cat. But when Lucy sees other people in the house and items start disappearing, she determines to get to the root of the problem. The combination of Lucy’s naïve sleuthing and the small-town setting with its quirky, slightly sinister residents, all illustrated in retro-looking full-color portraits and paintings, firmly mark this as a cozy horror. The meandering pace picks up with a humorous turn of events, and a hint of romance is interjected when the mysterious, attractive Daniel, a teacher at Ladywyck, enters the picture. As Lucy traverses the town, she uncovers its history, studies some shady characters, and meets friends who help. By the time Lucy is done, she has discovered her path in life.

Teens seeking a terror-free spine tingle are in for a treat. (Horror. 12-18)

Pub Date: April 14th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-77049-924-9
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Tundra
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2020