Picture the Dead
Author: Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
A ghost will find his way home.
Jennie Lovell’s life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.
When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone-or something-stops her?
Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end.
I was expecting the story to be more ghost related as it turned to be more of a mystery to me. Jennie the main character in this book unravels the pieces bit by bit to find out what the truth is on what had happened to her beloved Will. Quinn, Will’s brother seems to harbor a secret on what had happened to Will. Once Jennie found out the truth, it wasn’t what I expected. It left me in in the middle of good and bad. It seemed short towards the end as I was hoping more action going on.
The book did cover a variety of topics such as of Civil War, social aspect of how men and women were, spiritualism, and photography. I could feel the plight of sadness and curiosity in the book on the various matters and when Jennie unravels the mystery, but somehow it was still missing something.
The illustrations in the book were a nice touch which honestly caught my attention when I purchased this book. Each illustration is mostly from Jennie’s scrapbook that is mentioned in the story.
Perhaps others would like this book better that I did..everyone has an opinion.
Cover Rating: B
Story Rating: C