Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Seer of Shadows by Avi


As a child I loved to read those deliciously spine-tingling ghost stories that kept me up all night if I read them after dark. Stories like Wait Till Helen Comes, Dollhouse Murders and The House on Hackman's Hill. As a librarian, I still read lots of ghost stories, but much to my disappointment I find most of these books predictable and not that scary anymore. Seer of Shadows not only put a few chills in my spine, but it was the most original ghost story I’ve read in a long time.

The year is 1872 and Horace, a photographer’s apprentice, finds himself in something of a moral dilemma when his master decides to make some money for himself by creating photographs with fake ghosts in them. To say any more about the plot would spoil it.

Dark and deadly secrets hidden in the shadows of a sprawling mansion, a graveyard visit on a stormy night, this book has all the elements to draw a reader in and scare them silly. Put this book on hold right away—if you DARE.

2 comments:

Lee Family said...

What an interesting book! I can take or leave Avi...but I'm glad I read this book...a very different way to look at pictures and photography.

curlyq said...

I thought this was an excellent book, too. I loved the new take on a ghost story and enjoyed the combination of the art of traditional photography as well as the very spooky feel of the book. Great read!