“Amber House” Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). Published October 1, 2012. Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic, Inc.). 349 pp.

When Sarah and her little brother Sammy accompanied their mother to her grandmother’s funeral, they were introduced to Amber House. Full of history and mystery, the 300 year old family mansion held secrets that left Sarah feeling as if she was able to see into the past. Gradually she found out she actually could see into the past, as most women in her family had been able to do for centuries.

Jackson and his mom had lived at Amber House for years. When he convinced Sarah to help him search for a hidden treasure which had disappeared centuries earlier, Amber House began to reveal its dark and fearful secrets. Something had gone very wrong in the past, and Sarah’s visions seemed to intensify and confuse her more than ever. Frightened of Amber House’s many secrets Sarah sought solace with Richard, the rich Senator’s son.

Despite her many attempts to stay away from its memories, Amber House wouldn’t let her go. Soon Sarah would have to face not only her fears but the ghosts of the past.

I was really drawn into the storyline, enjoying the mystery of what had happened at Amber House and Sarah’s glimpses into history. Readers ages 14 and up, especially those who like good ghost stories and mysteries, will also enjoy it. An Amber House Trilogy is expected, so we’ll be seeing a bit more of Amber House’s antics in the years to come. I thought the book’s ending didn’t seem to lend itself to a sequel, so I’ll be curious to see how the authors plan to milk it for two more books.

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