by Carrie Jones
Publication: October 10 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
Aimee and Alan have unusual pasts and secrets they prefer to keep hidden. Aimee's deceased mother struggled with mental illness and hallucinations, and Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. After all, she sees a shadowy river man where there isn't one. And then there was that time she and her best friend Courtney tried to conjure a spirit with a Ouija board ...Alan is Courtney's cousin. His family moved to Maine when Courtney's father went missing. It's not just Alan's dark good looks that make him attractive. He is also totally in touch with a kind of spiritual mysticism from his Native American heritage. And it's not long before Aimee has broken up with her boyfriend ...But it's not Aimee or Alan who is truly haunted - it's Courtney. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life. Together, Aimee and Alan must exorcise the ghost, before it devours Courtney - and everything around her.
I have to start by saying that I'm a huge fan of Carrie Jones' Need series and was eager to read this and I was not disappointed.
The book is written in dual alternating chapters of Aimee (witten by Carrie Jones) and Alan (written by Steven E. Wedel).
The story takes place in a small town in Maine, Aimee lives with her Dad, Gramps and younger brother Benji, her best friend Courtney's Dad has gone missing (presumed dead) in the same river outside Aimee's house that her own Mother died in when Aimee was younger.
Courtney's Aunt Lisa and cousin Alan move in to help them so they don't lose the house, Alan is half Navajo and it's his spirit guide who helps him and Aimee defeat the evil that is the River Man who's evil taints everybody in town and at times inhabits Courtney's body.
I loved Alan and Aimee as a couple their gifts (Aimee has prophetic dreams) balance each other so well.
It was original, fast paced, exciting and I didn't want to put it down until I'd finished it.
There was only one problem with this book and that is it's a standalone book, and I would have loved to have read more about these characters. Highly Recommended. 5/5
A big thanks to Sonia @ Bloomsbury Australia.