on June 10, 2016 :
This MG story about the supernatural was even more fun and a bit scarier than I expected. Since the author normally writes contemporary fiction, I wasn’t surprised at the depth of the characterizations, the excellent dialog, or the dramatic twists in the plot. However, I wasn’t expecting such great—and creepy—descriptions of the possessing demon and the frightening chaos it caused at Jess’s home and school. There are some images, like the weird thing that happens to Jess’s mom and dad when the demon first shows up, that will stay with me a long time!
I think this book is especially good for Middle Grade kids because it’s not only a riveting tale, but it deals with very real, modern issues of blended families, child services and protection, how sometimes adults can overreact and make things worse, and how true friends will offer support no matter what are the various religions involved.
My only slight hiccup was that I wished the final twist had been set up more convincingly. Stronger foreshadowing would have led to an “Ah-ha!’ moment for me instead of a “Say whaaa?!” moment. Still, the book was thoroughly enjoyable! Highly recommended!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)