Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard

10 Sep

Published by HarperTrophyCanada, 2009
Reviewed by Colleen McKie

In Haunted Dee, like her grandmother, has “the Sight”. She can see spirits which would be hard enough to handle on its own, but Dee also experiences their deaths. When the bones of a missing girl are haunteddiscovered on the mountain near her house, Dee feels that’s something isn’t right. She soon discovered that other girls have gone missing from the community in the past few years and her search for the truth behind the disappearances leads her towards evil and into danger.

Even though there were some elements in the plot that were predictable and easy to figure out, Haunted was a good read and I really enjoyed it. YA has recently been flooded with supernatural novels, from vampires to ghosts, making urban fantasy the “it” genre. With Haunted being set in the early 1900s, it is more of an historical urban fantasy, something we don’t see a whole lot of.

The innocence of Dee and her friends combined with the darker themes of death and evil was a surprisingly cohesive partnering, giving Haunted some depth and layering.  As Dee struggles with her own past and trying to figure out who she is, she is also dealing with a community that looks at her and her grandmother (who is also a midwife) suspiciously. But at the same time she still has to do chores and decide whether or not she wants to continue with school.  Because of the time period the book is set in, the author had a chance to deal with some things that wouldn’t be relative if it took place today.

The best way to describe Haunted is Anne of Green Gables meets the Sixth Sense, which is a good thing. I would definitely recommend it.

Check out Haunted.

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