When Ghosts Call Us Home

Page Street. Oct. 2023. 368p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781645679639.
Gr 8 Up–Five years ago, when Sophia was 12, her older sister Layla directed a horror film called Vermillion, set at the creepy old Cashore House their parents were renovating at the time. Sophia was the star, and the ghosts were not real—or were they? The film was a found footage, paranormal watch that has since received cultlike status, including an online legend known as “The Path” that can only be taken by true fans. Two years ago, Layla disappeared without a trace. Sophia gets the chance to look for her sister when a director wants to go back to Cashore House for a new documentary about Layla’s viral movie, but what horrors will she find? This story starts out slowly, taking time to set the eerie mood of a missing sister and a life-changing horror film. The book is broken up into several parts: one focusing on the house itself, the setting, and background information; then the second part focuses on the path, and gets a little more confusing for readers, yet the mystery will keep most turning the pages. The final sections pick up the pace and reveal more of this twisty mystery to its out-of-the-box conclusion.
VERDICT A quiet paranormal horror that, because of its slow pacing, would be a secondary purchase in libraries where these kinds of stories are popular.

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