From Publishers Weekly
Set in Vermont, this supernatural thriller from bestseller Saul (Faces of Fear
) updates but adds nothing new to a traditional story. Six months after 14-year-old Sarah Crane's mother dies from cancer, Sarah's father, Ed, accidentally kills a man in a fight. On top of that, a drunken Ed hits Sarah with his truck while he's behind the wheel. After Ed goes to prison for manslaughter, Sarah, whose leg was badly injured in the truck accident, is placed with a foster family. Mitch and Angie Garvey and their two teenage children treat Sarah like Cinderella, expecting her to serve meals and do all the chores. Meanwhile, word of Sarah's circumstances makes her an outcast at her new school. Only two people reach out to her: Bettina Philips, an art teacher labeled a witch, and fellow student Nick Dunnigan, who's also isolated by his peers and prone to scary visions. Needless to say, the mystical abilities Sarah discovers she possesses come in handy in turning the tables. (Oct.)
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“The storytelling is . . . undeniably powerful as it brings to vivid life an adolescent’s zero-sum view of moral realities.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Scary . . . It is the house that is the real star of the story.”—Lincoln Journal Star
“John Saul has the instincts of a natural storyteller.”—PeopleFrom the Paperback edition.