Richard Harrison was the last person to see his friend Melanie alive. She vanished when they were six, and while the police never found her, a part of her remained—a living shadow that became Richard’s closest friend. For ten years, Richard has never questioned the shadow that keeps him company . . . until a new girl moves to town, claiming to be Melanie. All Those Broken Angels is a story of buried bones and shadowy secrets and the freedom that can only come from a journey through darkness.
"Another slow-motion car crash of a story characterized by scant but thrilling detail and tense, pulsing scenes that often feel more like threatening gestures."—BOOKLIST (starred review)
"A complex, intense mystery that surprises and chills."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY One of the 2015 Top 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read
"The random shrieks, the constant burning, the occasional fainting. Just another day in the life of me." Such has been the lot of 16-year-old Richard Anderson in the 10 years since his friend Melanie disappeared while they were playing hide-and-seek. Melanie was eventually declared dead, her parents moved away, and a ghost, whom Richard believes to be Melanie, became his only friend. At Savannah Arts Academy, Richard has been ostracized for his distant behavior and morbid artwork. When a new student arrives, claiming to be his long-lost friend, the ghost, an unpredictable, shadowlike presence, becomes angry and envious, even taking control of Richard's body to insist that "I am Melanie." Meanwhile, local girls are beginning to disappear, causing Richard to question the ghost's identity and unfinished business. Richard's pained first-person narration is occasionally interrupted by dispatches from an unnamed captive as Salomon (Henry Franks) creates the sensation of slipping between the worlds of the living and the dead. A complex, intense mystery that surprises and chills. Ages 12 up.