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The Second Death of Edie and Violet Bond by Amanda Glaze

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Deliciously chilling and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful.”
—Nina LaCour, Printz Award–winning author of We Are Okay
Sacramento, 1885  
Edie and Violet Bond know the truth about death. The seventeen-year-old twins are powerful mediums, just like their mother—Violet can open the veil between life and death, and Edie can cross into the spirit world. But their abilities couldn’t save them when their mother died and their father threatened to commit them to a notorious asylum.   
Now runaways, Edie and Violet are part of a traveling Spiritualist show, a tight-knit group of young women who demonstrate their real talents under the guise of communing with spirits. Each night, actresses, poets, musicians, and orators all make contact with spirits who happen to have something to say. . . notions that young ladies could never openly express. But when Violet’s act goes terribly wrong one night, Edie learns that the dark spirit responsible for their mother’s death has crossed into the land of the living. As they investigate the identity of her mysterious final client, they realize that someone is hunting mediums…and they may be next.Only by trusting in one another can the twins uncover a killer who will stop at nothing to cheat death.

Goodreads Summary

This book reminded me of the Insidious movies in the best way. These two sisters have special abilites that compliment each other's and lead to many spiritual adventures. When one of their shows goes horribly, Edie must trust potentially unreliable resources to help her sister and other mediums. I really enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters and could palpably feel them grow closer over the course of the book. They live in a society where women aren't the most valued citizens and they must act accordingly. I could tell that the author spent a good deal of time researching for this book; the scenes were easy to visualize and detailed to perfection. I thought the pacing over the book was pretty good; there were some portions that were a little slower than others. The ending was both satisfying and enjoyable; I didn't realize the authors' intimiate connection to the story until the end. Any young adult or adult readers who enjoy the paranormal, horror, or even the dark fantasy side of fiction will enjoy this book!

4 Stars

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