Wow, wow, wow! Talk about your suspenseful, sad, heartwarming, edge-of-your-seat writing!
I have to admit something - It was a little slow going for me in the beginning. I kept thinking "Where is this going? Isn't something going to happen?" Then a third of the way in it got FANTASTIC and I had a hard time putting it down.
This story is kind of two stories in one. One that is happening now, which was scary, suspenseful and keeps you guessing. The other happens within a box of family papers, pictures, and old diaries from her mother and a mysterious aunt Abi knew nothing about. So half the book takes you back in time to 1950 when Abi's mother was a teen.. Many times I don't care for this part of a book as much as the original story-line, but in this case... I think I liked it even more! I think I could have read a whole book just about them. Their story was amazing, very well written and sad. I really felt like I was taken back in time. Rachael did a great job with this part!
The character development was excellent especially for Joan and Pauline from the diary. I loved these two girls and I truly felt emotionally invested in their part of the story. I really cared about what happened to them and found myself reading with my hand over my mouth. I had a few ideas about what I thought was going to happen but their sad story just shocked me! ~ I have you now, don't I? You want to know what happens!
Aaanndd... the ending, of course, leaves you hanging! A great ending to this book two, it was very exciting right up to the end - but has to leave you hanging for book three to sweep in and carry you away! - I can't wait! OK I admit it, I'm hooked!