to the Ghost
Times Books Engaging
Read ... Recommended ... 5 stars
The sound of music, a pink mist,
missing jewelry, a voice singing, swirl of leaves and a voice
calling 'help me' set the stage for a most unexpected summer.
Seventeen year old Jade Dalton, her friend Elaine Morrow and
Jade's nineteen year old brother David travel from their Texas
home to Charleston South Carolina to embark upon a house sitting
stint for the Dalton Grandparents. David plans to work at the
restaurant where he usually works while visiting his grandparents.
Jade has brought art work to show during Piccolo Spoleto. The
only thing that prevents Jade from thinking she has lost her
mind are the confessions of Elaine and David that they too have
heard the singing. Matt Logan, orphan, family acquaintance appears
with his saxophone within days of their arrival. David is sure
Jade is overwrought when she insists a ghost is haunting the
house, a fusillade of flying burgers and trimmings convinces
all four young people that something more than old house and
old wiring is busy in the old Victorian mansion.
When the pink mist materializes
into a girl resembling Jade the four teens are thrust into a
race with time to help Phoebe, find her missing wedding rings
before July 1 thus bringing her the peace she has long sought
since her untimely death on her wedding day in 1923. A stalker
of an ex boyfriend, Matt's discovery that he has family he never
realized, and blossoming romance all play out to a satisfying
Author McClure has produced a
real page-turner of a read in "Listen to the Ghost".
Reader interest is maintained from the opening lines when we
meet Jade puzzling over the music she hears coming from somewhere
in the house. Connection is held fast as we encounter the lighthearted
ghost, and is continued past the insistence of the stalker ex
boy friend who just will not take no for an answer and right
down to the last paragraphs as we all attend Jade's eighteenth
"Listen to the Ghost"
is not only tense or high-strung activity. Phoebe the ghost is
a delight who 'borrows' the girls' jewelry and clothing, paints
a mustache and beard on the portrait of the ex boyfriend and
lobs veggies and patties at the young people. Writer McClure
creates a nicely honed work filled with spine tingling action,
clever scenarios, and well fleshed characters in this deftly
written narrative. Forceful motivations, precarious twists of
story line, first class conversation fill the pages in this exciting
Sure to please the target audience
"Listen to the Ghost" has a place in the home pleasure
Enjoyed the read, Happy to recommend.