“It’s as if the wooden chest is luring me, urging me to open it – daring me almost. Open me up. Look inside. Come on, just for a second; it won’t hurt.”
Celina O’Malley was just sixteen years old when she disappeared. Now, almost forty years later,
Bayley is sleeping in Celina’s room, wearing her clothes, hearing her voice.
What does Celina want?
And who will suffer because of it?
A ghost story. A love story. A story of revenge.
YA Novel 13+
Australian 10th anniversary edition: Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 978 1 760658 15 1
Australian first edition ISBN: 978 1 922077 47 9
US edition (hardback): Switch Press
ISBN: 978 1 63079 024 0
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“Highly recommended … Whiting has written a delicious ghost story and a thrilling mystery. The hot summer weather, the grief that grips Bayley’s family and the growing romance with Oliver, the boy who lives across the lake all combine to bring to life this story of revenge and crime. The suspense was very gripping and the action kept me glued to the page … There are some dark, exciting moments in this enthralling mystery and a clever twist at the end will thrill lovers of crime and ghost stories.” Pat Pledger ReadPlus.com.au.
“Once again Whiting has captured the angst of being a teenager and finding ones place in the world. She has wrapped it up in the terrifying sweetness of first love and the intrigue of a murder mystery. Whiting writes seriously good stories that draw you in and keep you hooked until the end.” - FOUR AND A HALF STARS - Wendy Noble, Good Reading Magazine
“…Thirteen to seventeen year old girls will be absorbed by Bayley and Celina’s stories. The narrative moves quickly and relationships drive much of the interest. The lake and the bush setting create a powerful, atmospheric backdrop to the action and the natural elements enhance this gothic Australian mystery.” Joy Lawn Magpies magazine
“Sue Whiting’s supernatural tale of family, love, loss and revenge builds a creepy atmosphere. She captures the feeling of summer in rural Australia well, imbuing the oppressive heat and sudden storms with a sense of menace, and Bailey, her family and friends are engaging and authentic characters. This is recommended for older supernatural fans.” Heath Graham Junior Books+Publishing
AWARDS & LISTS
NSW Premier’s Reading List, Years 7-9