Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown

Picture the Dead
by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown

Published: 2010
Genre: Ghosts, YA
Hardback: 272 pages
Rating: 5

Description from the amazon:
A ghost will find his way home.

Jennie Lovell's life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone-or something-stops her?

Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): keys
I really liked this ghost story. But then again, it had me with its illustrations.

The historical nature, culture of the times and engaging mystery are appealing. The added images with scrapbook feel to it ties in really well.

If you visit the Picture the Dead website you get even more delightful tidbits of spirits, social history, old photos and illustrations of the time period.

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  1. This one sounds so interesting. I really like that it is set in the civil war era.

  2. They have a very cool website!!! Those old daguerreotypes are certainly wild to see, especially the group one of the Clark sisters! I always thought that type of photography made it look like everyone posing *post-mortem* :O

    btw, I had no idea they used a NECK CLAMPING device to keep the subject/model's head still ... wow, we really HAVE come a long way, baby!

  3. @M.A.D.: they used to actually make post-mortem portraits. The Others movie didn't just make it up ;-)

    The book sounds intriguing

  4. This sounds so scary. I don't think I could read it alone!

  5. Awesome review, this is one I am sure I'd love!

  6. I don't know a lot about the Civil War in the US but this sounds interesting!

    I checked the Photography part in the site and omg the drawings were based on real people who lived then!


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