Melinda Rucker Haynes
Avid Press LLC HIGHLY
Tennis champion, Seattle denizen,
popular high school junior Ele, Electra, O'Neill is displaced
from her blissful, cushy life after her parents, history teacher
dad and theater-struck mom determine to transfer the ménage
to the old family stomping grounds in none other than apparition
capitol of Montana. The extravagant O'Neills purpose to reinstate
the antiquated and run-down Virginia City Theatre.
As always Ele is counted upon
by her parents to soon establish herself with the same honors,
excellent grades and loads of friends. The scarcity of tennis
courts and being disregarded at school do little to elevate Ele's
crestfallen appraisal of her new home. Ele's young brother Eugene,
the incessant 'bad boy' of the family remains true to form and
is soon in trouble with the entire group he meets.
To top it off Ele is convinced
SOMETHING is in the decrepit theatre. Long dead Steven Douglas
and his loathsome demise, the enigmatic tradition of The Innocents
and inexplicable doings soon entangle Ele and her family in more
drama than even her conspicuous, theatrical Mom might have expected.
What a captivating caper through
the preternatural, certitude, fable and down right whimsical.
Writer Haynes has crafted a reader's delectation in her expertly
woven anecdote centered upon the energetic, former days of Montana
and the rambunctious people who were her early citizens. Haynes
has created a collection of engaging characters from the captious
Ele, the disagreeable cheerleaders at school and her annoyance
of a little brother each is well defined and very believable.
The writing in this absorbing chronology is burnished, well
thought out and downright fun to read. It is kind of a 'cozy'
Stephen King combined with the divertissement found in Paula
Boyd's Hot Enough To Kill.