by Kathleen Costa
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Seacliff High: The Shadow, and a link to purchase it from Amazon. We also have a short interview with Kathi.
Seventeen year old Alyson Prescott is enjoying a run along the bluffs, but the fog has set in and she has an odd feeling she’s being watched. Not an unusual feeling for someone in the Witness Protection Program hiding from those who wish to do her harm, but this seems different. While on the phone with her BFF Mackenzie, she hears an argument and sees someone pushed off the cliff…”Call 911!” The police search the area and find nothing, but she can’t shake the reality of what she saw. It must have been a ghost…a ghost?
Yes, Alyson arrived in Cutter’s Cove nine months ago and in dramatic fashion she discovered she can see ghosts. So, she, Mac, another BFF Trevor, and retired librarian, Booker, set off to research deaths in the area, but they discover unusual events dating back to 1892 and a quick-to-judgment murder in 1867. This is not good, Alyson’s voices and apparitions along with the discovery of secrets could mean in a few days…another death at Dead Man’s Bluff!
Alison attends Cutter’s Cove High School with all the typical cliques, gossipers, jocks, mean girls and teenage angst. Along with dealing with her recent ghostly visions and post Civil War murder mystery, she discovers a horrific secret about a classmate…well, no secret is safe in high school, so of course, everyone knows. However, the idea a classmate may have been drugged and assaulted is something Alyson will not let go. Everything may converge in Cutter’s Cove, but who will survive?
I am not new to Kathi Daley’s work…I tout myself as a big, big fan! However, I am new to this Seacliff High series, so this sixth book turned out to be the perfect introduction: Witness Protection identity? Moving to the Oregon coast? Being able to see ghosts? Who knew high school drama could be so…deadly?
Fans of the series have to be absolutely thrilled having waited over a year for this new installment, and as a newbie, I didn’t feel left out of the back story and character connections having not read the previous five books…although I am very excited to do so. Don’t make my mistake and shy away from this series because the characters are highschoolers. It is well written, engaging and the characters, although young, are well developed and do not act overly childish.
The mystery cleverly weaves events from the past into Alyson’s contemporary problems, and her ability to see ghosts is not juvenile hocus-pocus. I highly recommend the book, then spent the summer reading the rest of the series from the beginning!
Seacliff High: The Shadow earns 5/5 Mysterious Apparitions!
ALERT! Seacliff High: The Haunting to be released in September, 2017…
Kathleen: Do you find challenges writing a paranormal theme?
Kathi: Actually paranormal is all about possibilities, so it is actually one of the easier sub-genres to write. I’ve found that developing stories within this genre is really only limited by your imagination.
Kathleen: What research or influences did you rely on to write about one having sixth sense or seeing ghosts?
Kathi: I actually didn’t do any research for this unless you count watching movies and television shows featuring ghosts which I do tend to embrace around Halloween.
Kathleen: Is there a reason you chose a young teenager as your heroine?
Kathi: I write six series with protagonists of all ages and thought it would be fun to take a step back in time and revisit my high school days. I really enjoy writing the scenes that take place at Seacliff High, and I love the best friend dynamic that so many of us had during this often times tumultuous time in our lives.
Kathleen: Do you have a favorite paranormal story, movie, or television show from your childhood or currently as an adult?
Kathi: I love The Hollow which is a made for TV Halloween themed movie and of course I adore the old classics such as the Canterville Ghost and High Spirits. I also watched every episode of Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and, of course, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
Kathleen: Have you had any experience with ghosts?
Kathi: Actual experience no, but I would love to visit a haunted castle one day.
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