Well-known for her creatively written novels that focus on topics endemic to our present-day culture, Picoult wows readers with her latest tale of ghosts and Native American burial grounds. In Comtosook, Vermont, the Abenaki tribe is protesting development of land they claim is burial ground. As excavation begins, strange events, such as the icing of the August ground, confound residents.

Ross Wakeman, the suicide-obsessed ghost hunter searching for his deceased fiancée, is visiting his sister when he's hired by the developer to find the ghost. Ross meets and falls in love with the ethereal Lia, who may not be as real as he first thinks.

With her credible research on DNA analysis, Picoult has provided her characters with the ability to discover new clues in a decades-old murder. A master storyteller, Picoult slowly reveals all the pieces of the mystery and brings simultaneous resolution to the lives of the main characters. (May, 368 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick