- File Size: 3562 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 14, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UQNDT2C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,075,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Will O' the Wisp Kindle Edition
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Small towns have a particular feeling to them. Everyone knows everyone, kids can be fiercely loyal or incredibly insensitive, and pockets of the town almost always have spooky lore attached to them.
This is the world Boyack created for us.
Patty, the main character, feel like an outcast, save for her two best friends, because of the leg braces she’s forced to wear. Her mother clearly loves her, but she is strict. So of course, the typical teenage response is to rebel, which Patty does.
Patty and her friends keep pushing the boundaries, and that adventurous spirit leads to a chilling discovery. Combine that with a school project that keeps her digging for clues, a murder that has the whole town—and particularly her family—on edge, and a supernatural force that’s targeting her, and you’ve got one heck of a tale.
You’ve got Will O’ the Wisp.
I’ve read several of Boyack’s stories, but this is my favorite to date. I was absorbed from beginning to end. The characters are relatable, the setting could have been my hometown, and the lore was fascinating. The resolution had me on the edge of my seat.
I highly recommend this story without reservation.
Patty and her two friends, Laura and Pete seemed to live in their own isolated world where strange things happen. But Patty carried her search to such extremes, that sometimes I was left in disbelief that a young girl could plan, and take the kind of risks she took… her trip, alone, without permission, or knowledge of her parents to Washington… Finding herself locked up in an old enchanted library… Or is it her final exploit, the one that finally brought her face to face with the ghost of Widow Larkin, an ancient ghost who swore to haunt down and kill all the Halls.… I couldn’t believe that she would return to the old cemetery, at night, and all alone to confront her nemesis, but she did.
In the end, even her mother had to loosen the tight noose she had around her. The story is very interesting, and well written, but there were a few concerns I had. I took it as a matter of style, the author’s way of telling who is speaking before the person speaks. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story.
Will O' the Wisp is a fast-moving story that has a very exciting climax and rewarding epilog SQ UE finish. The interesting part of the story is although it is a YA fantasy tale it has enough nuance and symbolism to be much more. It could be that a young adult reading Will O’ the Wisp would take the excitement and fast moving plot on face value. When I read the story, I found some interesting metaphors relating to issues that teenagers face as well as the reactions of parents. Let’s suffice it to say, what you see in the story is not necessarily what you get. I felt a deeper message being conveyed by the author on social mores, religion, and authority. In short, this book goes beyond YA and should be enjoyable for anyone who loves a terrific plot that is beautifully written.
The primary characters, Patty, her mother, her step father and her friends Laura and Pete are not glamorous but rather down to earth which lent a certain innocence and believability. The characters are well-drawn, and the period details are fascinating and well-researched.
Patty is tormented by the leg braces her mother forces her to wear all the time, and by an odd light, that threatens not only her physical existence but seems to have a connection with tragedies that happened in her family along the time. I won’t reveal more as I don’t want to spoil your pleasure in reading an eerie story.
All I want to add is that I enjoyed this character, Patty, a combination of a young Miss Marple and a young Sherlock Holmes – smart, brave and imaginative girl.
The author did a great job in highlighting the generation gap, the description of mother-daughter relationship – although Patty is clever enough to soften it and not antagonize her mother, allowing her to do the research on the supernatural manifestations that hunt her.
Craig Boyack's books always keep me turning page after page, wanting more.
The bottom line is, I think this is a good read and look forward to reading more from this author.
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