Friday, September 30, 2011

The Back Door of Midnight by Elizabeth Chandler - ADVISABLE

Chandler, Elizabeth. The Back Door of Midnight, 299 pgs. Simon Pulse, 2010. $9.99. Sexual Content-PG; Language-G (couple swears); Violence-PG. Anna (adopted) is invited to spend the summer after her senior year with her biological uncle and aunt. When she arrives, she learns that her uncle’s body was found in the trunk of a burned car. She meets a really cute guy from next door, but isn’t sure if he is interested in her or stopping her from finding out the truth. Her aunt Iris is delusional at best, dangerous at worst. She starts to question the unsolved murder of her mother from years before. Anna knows one thing, in her real family you are either psychic or psychotic. And someone out there is killing people. Anna is an interesting and spunky character that will definitely appeal to girls interested in paranormal romances. They will root for her as she tries to discover the truth about her past and who she will become in the future. The other teen characters are stock cliché characters without personalities. The mystery has several good twists that will keep readers guessing. MS/HS – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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