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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“Feelings of utter sorrow and loneliness hit me in a wave. I sagged, holding onto the door for support as I choked back an involuntary sob. But I knew right away that those feelings weren’t my own. I knew it was my gift soaking up powerful emotions from someone—something—else.” In A Place of Shadows by David Lafferty, Ben Wolf and his mother Connie moved to Windward Cove after she inherited a property and a considerable sum of money from her late aunt, Claire Black. Gifted with a sixth sense, Ben instantly detects a presence in the cupola as they are settling into Claire's former house. When his mother's health is badly affected by a dark entity, Ben has to find answers to the mystery of the Black family house, one connected to the tragedy that occurred in the 1940s, before it's too late.
From its simple beginning, David Lafferty’s A Place of Shadows becomes increasingly intriguing, complicated and terrifying. Its steady plot easily creates the jittery and chilling moments which are deftly described with clean prose and an engaging narrative. The drama and suspense are balanced with realism and relief, including the casual stroke of humor. The characterization is solid and the protagonists are easy to root for. I found it admirable that despite his hidden ability and experiencing weird events in his new house, Ben still has a healthy sense of skepticism. I gravitated towards self-professed paranormal enthusiast Abigail ‘Ab’ Chambers who becomes the vital voice of reason for Ben in his mission to unravel the mystery and save his mother. It’s an absolute page-turner－a paranormal story that both YA and mature readers can enjoy. The subtle indication of a possible sequel in the epilogue gives me hope that Lafferty will give fans of the genre more ghost mysteries of Windward Cove.