THE VANISHING SEASON
Anderson’s latest is a chills-up-your-spine ghost story with a unique setting and a compelling plot. The old house in which the book is set takes on a life of its own and contributes to the story by being more than just something that creaks and moans in the night. And how refreshing: Our main character is not beautiful, she doesn’t get the guy and she’s envious of the power beauty brings — all of which serve to make her infinitely more real.
Maggie and her hard-up parents move into a dilapidated Victorian in Northern Illinois at the exact wrong time; a series of chilling murders has the sleepy town in an uproar of concern for their young women. Maggie finds her way around small-town life, settling in with an established twosome of neighbors, beautiful Pauline and lovesick Liam. But something may be watching from beneath the boards of her new home. (HARPERTEEN, Jul., 272 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062003270, HC, 14 & Up)