Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.
When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life could not get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.
Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.
Trigger Warning: Self Harming
The first book in the MacKinnon Curse series shows teenager Riley and her brother and father moving half way around the world to Scotland after the tragic death of her mother. It was supposed to help everyone move on, only for Riley that will be a little harder since she can now see Ghosts. One ghost in particular, the murdered nineteen year old Ian MacKinnon needs her help to be set free of his cursed afterlife thanks to another vengeful ghost who is hellbent on destroying them both, especially if Riley helps Ian.
This paranormal young adult book is a chilling page-turner. Templeton has created a story-line filled with great character development, terrifying moments that best not be read in the dark, mysterious elements and tears of laughter and sorrow.
Even though I knew beforehand that it was the first in the series I still did not expect that ending. An excellent tale that makes you want to keep reading long after the book has finished.
On the other hand it wasn’t a perfect story, a bit predictable at points and some holes now and again but overall a very enjoyable read, especially for those who enjoy a bit of a scare.
2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge| Book 4| A book set in your hometown(although I changed it to country because my town is tiny and no books are set in it)