The penthouse was dormant, but when a new family moves in it awakens with the plan to divide and conquer.
Four year old Pear finds herself playing with a ghost days after moving into her new home. Pear tries to convince her Mother to move, but she won't listen. She begs her nanny Wynne to help her write a note and calm down the angry ghost, but it doesn't work. But when her odd eyed cat goes suspiciously missing Pear knows it's too late.
She tries to make toast and feed the haunted spirit, but it isn't hungry. Soon Wynne is gone, and then her mother. What else can a four year old do?
How can she convince it to give them back?
The Locked House Hauntings can be read in any order.
If you were a layer of paint in a painting, would you even know it? That's one of the questions this book asks. It also explores how different people react to the same event, as it's told through different perspectives and fabulous rewinds. Would you be forever lost? Would you smugly think you had it figured out, even as you rub salt in your own wounds? Would you simply go completely crazy?
This is the author's latest book to date and definitely the best so far. Since the books in this series are self-contained, I would start with this one. It's a great initiation into this author's style of writing. She keeps you guessing what's real, what's imagined, and always gets you to turn the page. Just when you think YOU have it figured out it goes off the deep end again.
Next, read Landlocked Lighthouse. If you can handle that one then you're ready for the Jaspierre series.
I didn't find this book as scary as Landlocked Lighthouse, which gave me the creeps several times, but it's definitely the page-turner of the two. It preys on more of a psychological fear, the kind you get when you feel trapped somewhere and you can't get out...