Spirit Week

Little, Brown. Oct. 2022. 304p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780316277945; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780316278065.
Gr 5-8–Elijah Jones has come to Estes Park, CO, to film a documentary about famed and reclusive author Jack Axworth, while Suzi has agreed to spend winter break tutoring Jack’s son. Neither knows the entire story—that Axworth has early-onset dementia and aims to leave the small town and the famed Underlook Hotel behind. It has become too much for his caretaker, Rena, to care for him. When Suzi and Elijah arrive at the hotel, they discover Jack’s plans to demolish it as he leaves town. Suzi is desperate to save the hotel because of all it means to the town, and she has one week to try to get it done. The creepy setting and ominous, dark tone of the book will have mystery readers hoping for more. The book’s plot takes a lot of twists and turns and is often confusing. The characters are not all consistent, and so many parts need to come together quickly. The dark colors and detailed panels add to the mood and tone of the book, but somehow it does not deliver the punch it needs. It takes too long to build up the plot and then rapidly wraps up.
VERDICT There will be a small population of readers who might enjoy this read, as there are many mysterious parts of the book. An additional selection for library shelves.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing