Forever is a long time to be stuck in high school.
Seventeen-year-old Paige is dead, the victim of a freak fall from the roof during Physics class. Now she’s a ghost, permanently bound to the grounds of her high school. It isn’t all bad, she can find out everyone’s secrets, which can be amusing—for a while.But then Paige hears something that isn’t amusing at all: the rumor spread by the most popular girl at school that her death wasn’t an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose. Paige is desperate to stop the gossip, but what can a ghost do? Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get inside the girl who’s responsible for the stories. . . and have a little fun turning the tables while she’s at it.
Katie Williams’s second novel is a suspenseful page-turner full of eerie wit and a touch of the otherworldly.
I adored the whole idea of Absent because it’s quite a bit different from anything else I have came across in the genre. To be honest though I was a little disappointed with the first half of the book.
I didn’t connect with the characters and I don’t think they were developed as well as they could of been. I just wanted to get inside the head of main character Paige and really get to know her. I was left wondering about the secondary characters too. The book is 182 pages long and I can’t help thinking if it was a bit longer would I have connected and loved the characters as much as I so desperately wanted to?
Now the second half of the book is fantastic, I was glued to the pages and the suspense was electric. I was completely shocked and I really didn’t see certain things coming. The storyline really did step up it’s pace and I really couldn’t get enough.
Everything clicked into place so perfectly coming up to the end and the writing demanded my full attention. I would rate the 2nd half of the book a big 5 stars, so I’m sure you can understand my frustration at the first half.
The storyline follows Paige, who is a dead 17 year old that died from supposedly falling off the school roof! Paige’s ghost is stuck roaming the corridors of her high school with 2 other ghostly pupils. But when Paige hears the rumour that she jumped off the roof – she knows she can’t just stand by and watch anymore….
The bit that I love the most was when Paige discovers that she can inhabit someones body if they are thinking of her. So she tries to inhabit people’s bodies to tell everyone that she didn’t commit suicide! But things won’t be plain sailing!
All in all I enjoyed this ghostly tale, it is full of mystery, is a touch eerie and is a lightening quick page turner!
*Special thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy*