It’s Halle Henry’s first year at Lakeview Academy . . .
On a snowy January night, just days after a fire that nearly destroyed the school’s library, Elsie Stewart, daughter of the headmaster and founder of Lakeview Academy, dies slipping beneath the ice of frozen Clearwater Lake. Unable to right the wrongs she committed before her tragic death, Elsie’s spirit walks the halls of her father’s school, waiting for someone who can.
One hundred years later, while joining her sister’s friend Leigh to help clean out the school’s administration building before the big remodel, Halle stumbles upon Elsie’s hidden journal.
Obsessed with what she finds, Halle searches the school for clues that may lead to solving a century-old mystery. The only problem is that Halle also talks Calum Stewart, Leigh’s worst nightmare, into helping them.
Once Leigh and Calum are forced to work together, sparks fly and no one around them, alive or dead, is left unaffected.
I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I liked the first book in the series but this one was much better. It took me a little time to adjust to the new characters, there wasn’t one familiar face really. Lots of mention of the characters in the last book but when the new characters were never mentioned (except for Halle) it got a little jarring.
The story was a little slow to start but after a while I found I was really enjoying it and stayed up until 3am last night just to finish it. I liked how there was multiple POV’s but sometimes the transition between them was not clear and it was a little confusing.
Although this is the second in a series, it’s a series of the setting rather than the characters and would work perfectly fine as a stand alone book.
I really liked Calum, yes he was a little stand-offish at first but he had a right. It was interesting seeing into his thoughts and how much Leigh annoyed him.
Elsie’s story was interesting as was the way it was told. I wanted to see more of her.
Overall this was an exciting and well written story, which I look forward to continuing in the next book.
4 out of 5 stars.