What the Dead Want by Norah OlsonWhat the Dead Want by Norah Olson

What the Dead Want

byNorah Olson

Hardcover | July 26, 2016

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Haunting photographs and dark family secrets make this second spine-tingling novel from Norah Olson the perfect read for fans of creepy, suspenseful teen fiction.

A love of photography, an old camera, and countless questions—these are all that sixteen-year-old Gretchen has left of her mother, who mysteriously disappeared years ago.

Now she must return to the place where her mom vanished—a decaying mansion that Gretchen has suddenly inherited from her great-aunt Esther. However, Gretchen won’t find the answers she’s seeking without unraveling the secrets that lurk inside the house. There are stacks of photographs and letters from her ancestors that go back centuries, pointing to some kind of haunting past. But when proof of the mansion’s dark history appears to Gretchen in the form of ghostly visions and the soft, eerie whisper of her mother’s voice, there’s no doubt that something sinister has taken place there.

No matter how scared she might be, Gretchen must somehow uncover the reasons why this indescribable force has descended upon her family and find a way to set everyone—even the dead—free.

Title:What the Dead WantFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:July 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062410113

ISBN - 13:9780062410115


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Spooky Paranormal Read I was not a big fan of Olson’s writing style. I found some of her wording confusing at times, and would need to re-read a sentence in order to understand what she wished to say. However, I thoroughly enjoyed her use of pictures in order to add visual detail to the story. I also enjoyed the way she set up her novel by beginning each chapter in the present and finishing each chapter with a view into the past. This detailing really brought both sides of the story together. Overall this book can teach young readers to take responsibility for their past, not matter how terrible, and it also shows the dangers of racism and sexism in society.This book pays homage to the Underground Railroad and the individuals who risked their lives in order to assist and free slaves. It also exposes the Klu Klux Klan and all those victimized by their hatred. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03

Editorial Reviews

“Will keep readers guessing until the very last page.”