Violet Addison was only seven when her mother died under mysterious circumstances during a paranormal investigation. Since then, Violet has been shepherded between her Aunt Thelma and her father, a man who was starting up a funeral home business while determined not to have any memories of his former paranormal investigator life. When she starts the school year at a new high school and realizes that there were a lot of ghosts roaming the halls that she could communicate with, Violet is determined to use her abilities to finish the case that her mother couldn’t – with or without her father’s help.
Being a huge fan of the show Ghost Hunters, I was immediately drawn to the idea of Spookygirl. Granted all I know about paranormal investigations is what I’ve seen on TV, I felt Baguchinsky did a fantastic job of capturing the lingo, the process and the equipment that are important to a successful investigation. And after having just finished Joanne Levy’s Small Medium at Large, Violet feels like the teenage version of what Lilah grows up to be like. It turned out to be an appropriate transition between books.
It’s really a personal hangup of mine where stories about those who can hear ghosts always seem to have such cliché or campy conversations with them. True, not all ghosts are necessarily menacing and scary but there’s got to be a middle ground between cheesy and terrorizing. Spookygirl has an interesting blend of all different kinds, from scary to sappy – it makes for an interesting cast of characters. I did find some of the scenarios a bit too easily explained away, like it was packaged up in a neat bow and problem solved.
That being said though, I really enjoyed this book. It was like a YA version of watching a Ghost Hunters episode at times and this isn’t the last we’ll see of Violet Addison either. With the way this story leads to the ending, it definitely leaves it open to become a ghost hunting series. Looking forward to future cases with this young investigator!