The Girl From Dark Dakota

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One year ago, on Halloween, Annabel Heller was murdered. Since then, Rachel has been hearing her ghost. Along with her friends in their ghost-hunting club, she’s been trying to communicate with her and obtain proof of life after death in the place Annabel is most often seen or heard, the hospital where she died. Jason has been called to the same hospital to audit their records. While there late at night, he has seen more of Annabel than anyone else. He can tell she has something she wants him to know, but can’t quite figure out the message. Dr. Graves, who has spent his life debunking ghost hunters and mediums, receives a message from his dead son to reunite with Madam Bovell, who he exposed as a fraud years ago. Madam Bovell, who lost her gift to speak to the dead, has recently been having visions that indicate she needs to find Rachel.

With Halloween fast approaching, all these people are drawing together to right a wrong and uncover the lies surrounding Annabel’s death. But there are bigger forces at work and something evil is lurking in the small town of Williston, North Dakota. Rachel is only seventeen, but she may be the only one who can put Annabel’s spirit to rest and save the rest of the town from this unseen evil.

Creepy hospital wings and abandoned farmhouses, ghost sightings, and unseen forces out to do evil, this book has it all! Something I really appreciated about this book was actually it’s length. It is a fairly long book, almost 600 pages. Normally, I wouldn’t say that’s a good thing, but in this case, it was because it allowed the author to expand on the mystery and characters of the ghosts as well as each of the main characters. The exceptional length gave the reader an opportunity to get more deeply involved in the lives of the characters and to try to understand why Annabel’s spirit lingered on.

This story is less of the shock and awe type of ghost story; it has more depth to it than that. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of scary moments, but there is actually a story involved that stays with you when you’re done. It was very hard to put down, with each chapter bringing you one step closer to solving the puzzle. Overall, it is very well-written with relatable characters who have depth to them and a story that sucks you in. If you enjoy ghost stories that lean more toward the realistic than the scare factor, you will enjoy this book. I know I did.

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Author Bryan Devore
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 561 pages
Publish Date 2021-Jan-31
ISBN 9780985241384
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Issue February 2021
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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