Sunday, January 13, 2008

Another ghost story


Today I finished Promise Not to Tell. It is a ghost-involved story of a woman who returns home to care for her ailing mother and is sucked into a new murder mystery that eerily resembles the death of her childhood friend thirty years before. Now, I'm not a murder mystery fan. So I could care less about how the mystery is revealed and blah, blah, blah. However, this little charmer involves childhood flashbacks to a seventies commune where the main character grew up and a local legend about ghost of The Potato Girl-who is responsible for everything in town from bad weather to bad fortune. For a first novel, I thought the writing was about par. The story was interesting and the clues left by The Potato Girl were original and clever. So even though we see the murderer from a mile a way, the real story of how we treat one another over the course of our lives was much more effective. I would recommend this to fans of Alice Hoffman, or to those who loved The Lovely Bones. It is a quick read, perfect for a train ride or a waiting room. Side note:I'm also a sucker for covers (yeah, I know) and the reason I picked this one up was because I was drawn to the punky looking chick on the cover. I'm glad I did because if I had just gone by the description on Amazon I probably would have passed on it.

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