Monday, 12 November 2012

The Deepest Cut By J.A. Templeton Review


"Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace."


To be honest I totally enjoyed reading this book. It was easy for me to get caught up in the story, and I liked how this book had an "ending" where you thought everything was pretty much wrapped up and then suddenly a shocker comes along to open it up for the second book in the series. There is a lot of teen angst and peer pressure that makes the book realistic and easy for teens to relate. The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages for more, and it is also creepy and bone chilling.

There is a definite romance between Riley and Ian, even if he is a ghost. There is an enduring friendship turned into love. The Scotland setting and castles provide an element of intrigue and mystery. It's exciting to see the plot race forward once you are in the characters shoes. The thrilling events with each chapter keep the reader locked in their seat.