The Conjuring meets Sadie in this queer ghost story, when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit.
Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts. But as the host of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, she knows to keep her doubts to herself if she wants to win over listeners.
Her first season’s subject is the Arrington Estate—a sprawling manor rumored to be haunted by the spirit of Atheleen Bell, who drowned in its lake almost thirty years ago. Dare’s more interested in investigating the suspicious circumstances of Atheleen’s death, which she thinks point to a decades-old murder, not something supernatural.
But Arrington is full of surprises. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the estate, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go.
On the heels of a recent breakup with her boyfriend, queer, implied-white teen and paranormal podcaster Dare Chase, who has type 1 diabetes, volunteers to spend July on the Arrington estate in New Hope, Va., to investigate 17-year-old Atheleen Bell's mysterious 1992 drowning. Acting as part of the estate's renovation team, Dare makes fast friends with Quinn Reyes, the new owner's pretty college-age half-Boricua, half-white daughter, and Holly, 18, a white local intern interested in the house's haunted history. By day, the teens work together to restore the crumbling house; by night, they uncover its unnerving secrets including a series of drownings in the estate's vast lake, beginning with that of the original owner's daughter in 1871. But the more the trio uncovers, the more the house and the lake seem determined to claim them as its next victims. Marsh (the Reign of the Fallen series) establishes a chillingly gothic atmosphere, where house and lake are as much characters as the living and the dead. Though the comparably static adult characters have their part to play, the three clever girls at the center of this unsettling narrative steal the show. Ages 12 up.
Couldn’t put the book down! Such a great read!