Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.
After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.
But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town . . . might cost her her life.

So here’s the run down. . . .

Phe’s older sister Athena died in a tragic accident that Phe blames herself for because she was not with her sister and thinks that she could have prevented it.  After Athena’s death she finds her journal with strange dreams documented, much like the ones she herself has been having and the mention of a town Shadow Hills.  Not long after she receives a brochure on the local prep school in Shadow Hills and decides to attend to see what connection it has to her sister as well as herself.  After arriving and touring the campus she realizes several things from her dream are at the school, including a majorly hot guy Zach who is literally the man of her dreams.   🙂

As the book progresses she investigates several leads and starts to learn about the strangeness of the town and the “townies” (kids and families that are associated with the school that actually live in Shadow Hills).  I found as Phe would snoop around that it all came a bit too easily to her.  She needs a key to get into a locked room?  No problem, found it in 5 minutes.  Needs to break into a friend’s dorm?  No problem, the door is unlocked.  How about need info on what she thinks is some kind of hidden town secret cover up?  Just ask!!  Other than the easiness the information she needed was available I really liked the story here. Though the bad guy was a bit obvious that didn’t take away from the book either and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.

I love anything offbeat so I admit the first thing that drew me to this book was the author’s name as well as the character’s name but that’s not what kept me reading.   I was pleasantly surprised as I really liked this one.  The book ends in a way that I really think they need a least one more book here . . . I need to know what’s going to happen!!!!  I feel like there is a bit too much left unanswered.

Here’s hoping for a sequel!

Pecans: 3.25/5


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