Nothing is as it seems in this chilling, twisting tale by bestselling author Andrea Portes, perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux and Danielle Vega.
Rife with dark humor and chilling twists, This Is Not a Ghost Story is American Horror Story meets There’s Someone Inside Your House. It will have readers flipping back to the very first page after the shocking finale.
I am not welcome. Somehow I know that. Something doesn’t want me here.
Daffodil Franklin has plans for a quiet summer before her freshman year at college, and luckily, she’s found the job that can give her just that: housesitting a mansion for a wealthy couple.
But as the summer progresses and shadows lengthen, Daffodil comes to realize the house is more than it appears. The spacious home seems to close in on her, and as she takes the long road into town, she feels eyes on her the entire way, and something tugging her back.
What Daffodil doesn’t yet realize is that her job comes with a steep price. The house has a long-ago grudge it needs to settle . . . and Daffodil is the key to settling it.
In need of a job the summer before her first year at Bryn Mawr, 17-year-old Nebraskan Daffodil Turner is offered a position housesitting in Scarlett Mills, Pa. Despite the homeowner's insistence that the "rumors" are not true, Daffodil starts to experience strange occurrences items moving on their own, animals scratching to get inside and odd behaviors from nosy neighbor Penelope and construction worker Mike, who is overseeing a crew building something mysterious behind the house. Determined to make it through her solo summer by binge-watching alien and conspiracy theory shows, Daffodil battles growing anxiety and suicidal thoughts as reality collides with her hazy nightmares. Flashbacks of Daffodil's life before graduation, including memories of first love Zander Haaf, and numerous hints at a moment Daffodil refuses to acknowledge may lead some readers to guess the final revelation. Portes (Anatomy of a Misfit) breaks the fourth wall in Daffodil's first-person, stream-of-consciousness interior monologue, tempering gruesome scenes with Daffodil's likable and chatty personality, and creating a memorable novel reminiscent of John Bellairs stories. Ages 13 up.