Mon, March 11, 2013

Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison Review

Notes from Ghost Town book cover

Notes from Ghost Town book cover

Notes from Ghost Town
By Kate Ellison
Publication date: Feb. 12, 2013
EgmontUSA, 336 pages
Source: Publisher

They say first love never dies…

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

— Goodreads.com description

Last year, I called Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues “scary and brilliant.” And I’m sort of surprised I haven’t heard more buzz about her, because Notes from Ghost Town was equally engaging.

Both stories are a mix of psychological thriller and mystery, and I’m thoroughly impressed by how FRIGHTENED and CRAZY Ellison made me feel with both stories. Is the narrator losing it? Or is there really some serious danger? You don’t know, and that’s the thrill of it all.

Anyone who likes a heart-pumping mystery and/or stories about mental illness should absolutely check out both books. Very well done. But: Be prepared for a very sad, dark read. You’ve been warned.

Enter below for a chance to check out both books in a giveaway from Egmont! Thanks, Egmont!

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  1. Billie @ Books, Owl and Tea said:

    I haven’t read any of the two books but i would really like to because i like dark and “spooky” stories like that. Thank you for this giveaway :)

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  2. Lindsay said:

    I haven’t heard much about this book, but everything I have has been wonderful!

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  3. Nikki said:

    I have not read the Butterfly Clues, but I think I need to! I love a blood pumping thriller that messes with your mind. I really think I would like both of these books.

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  4. Tammy said:

    I have not read a book by Kate Ellison yet but I love psychological thrillers. Could this be like Gillian Flynn but for the YA crowd?

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  5. Erica said:

    I haven’t heard of these books at all, but they sound great!

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  6. Kamie said:

    This sounds great, right up my alley!

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  7. Gaby said:

    I haven’t heard about The Butterfly Clues, but that does look like an interesting read. I really want to read Notes from Ghost Town because I really liked the description and the cover looks amazing :)

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  8. Haley Moody said:

    That sounds pretty good. I think I will add it to my to-read list, not that it needs to be any longer. I think I’ll also look into The Butterfly Clues. Anna, you always suggest the best books to read. :)

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  9. Tamara said:

    I love thrillers and books that have a lot of twists and turns. This book sounds pretty good and I’d love to check it out.

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  10. Alexa Y. said:

    I actually read and enjoyed The Butterfly Clues last year. It’s a cleverly done book, and it’s all twisty and turmoil-filled and it just made me feel unnerved as I read it. I’m looking forward to this one, as it sounds similarly mind-boggling!

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  11. Elin said:

    Love the cover, never heard about the book before. Maybe I pick it up sometime, and I love books like this:)

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  12. ESP said:

    I don’t normally read ghost books but I’d be excited to review this and put it on my blog! :D

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  13. Tara said:

    This was definitely a sad and dark read but so interesting and deep. I’m so glad you liked it :)

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  14. alicia marie said:

    I’ve actually read both of her books, but I don’t have either one. I LOVED them both and would love to own them : )

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  15. Sarah said:

    Because I want to read all the books! :D

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  16. Tina said:

    I have not read either books but I am interested in them both. I like the mental illness/ mystery factor and can’t wait to see how well it works out.

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  17. Jasmine Rose said:

    Gah, I haven’t read either yet! I really want to read The Butterfly Clues and while I had no intention of reading Notes from a Ghost Town your review has me reconsidering :]

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  18. JennRenee said:

    I loved The Butterfly Clues and I think will love this one too. Great review. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. Mallorie said:

    I loved Butterfly Clues, so I’m super excited for this one. I’m also surprised BC didn’t get more love.

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  20. Rachel Kwok said:

    would love to read this book :)

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  21. Rachel Kwok said:

    would love to read this book , heard some good things about it :)

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  22. Victoria said:

    I love a good mystery! Sounds really interesting.

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