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GHOST FLOWER by Michele Jaffe


by Michele Jaffe

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: April 12th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59514-396-9
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin

In a tense mystery, a former foster kid calling herself Eve Brightman enters a dangerous scheme to impersonate a missing heiress.

In the coffee shop where Eve works, an expensively dressed brother and sister approach her with a proposition: Eve, a “dead ringer” for their cousin Aurora Silverton, will pass herself off as Aurora to collect a multimillion dollar inheritance, of which Eve will receive a share. Without asking too many questions about Aurora's disappearance three years prior, Eve agrees to the scheme. After a month of rigorous coaching, the false Aurora arrives at the luxe but cold Silverton home. Tension builds rapidly and effectively from all sides as unanswered questions pile up: Will the Silvertons believe that Eve is Aurora? What are Bain and Bridgette, the siblings who engineered this scheme, hiding from Eve? Was the death of Aurora's best friend Liza truly a suicide? Who—or what—is behind the mysterious door-rattlings and phone calls that make Eve wonder if Liza's ghost is haunting her? Eve's determination to solve the mystery of Liza's death propels the plot forward, and ambitious readers can piece together theories of their own from clues that are revealed at just the right pace. A twist near the end dissolves some of the tension prematurely, but much of the suspense remains until the final moment.

A compellingly sinister page-turner. (Suspense. 14 & up)