Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is floored when her parents agree to let her accompany her best friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. She doesn't know her parents have sent her to the Purgatorium as a last-ditch effort to save their child.
Her best friend and life-long neighbor takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and Chumash Indian ruins on the “haunted” side. The resort might be beautiful, the beach pristine, and the views from the headland amazing, but strange things begin to happen that soon have Daphne running for her life. At first she finds the therapeutic games thrilling: the ghosts that visit her room, the dropping elevator, and the kayak incident are actually kind of fun once she recovers from them. But when her horse bucks her off during a trail ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, it’s not fun anymore, and she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.
If you've never read a book by Eva, this is a great start. I had the pleasure of reading her other series,
This is the kind of book that keeps you guessing. You'll want to figure out just what's going on, but then you can't! You have to keep reading! Eva has done as great job with the story and the characters are awesome.
You really get a feel for the characters and everything they have to offer. You feel for them... especially Daphne. There will be times that you wonder if she has gone absolutely nuts?! Is she and we're just not in on it?!
Expect to sit down and not want to walk away from this book! It will keep you glued to it as you want to know what happens next! I totally recommend it. It's definitely worth checking out! And her other series as well! Read them! You won't regret it.
Eva Pohler writes fiction and teaches writing and literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband, three teens, and two dogs. She is the author of The Gatekeeper's Saga, The Purgatorium Series, and The Mystery Box.