February 23, 2014

It Takes Two || February 2014

It Takes Two is a feature that my friend Cassie and I started early last year in an attempt to push our genre/subject matter boundaries every month. Each month, one of us will pick a genre + published book in that genre that we will both read!

Since last month, I got to pick the genre (historical romance!), for February, and her birthday month, I gave Cassie leave to pick whatever she wanted. She chose a genre I wouldn't normally read -- adult mystery/thriller with just a hint of paranormal. I'm still a little wary, but I admit that the cover and synopsis of the book really makes me curious!

Help for the Haunted John Searles
Help for the Haunted by John Searles
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: September 17, 2013

It begins with a call in the middle of snowy February evening. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation, helping "haunted souls" find peace. And yet, something in Sylvie senses that this call is different than the rest, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church's red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep only to wake to the sound of gunfire.

Nearly a year later, we meet Sylvie again struggling with the loss of her parents, and living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened the previous winter.

As the story moves back and forth in time, through the years leading up to the crime and the months following, the ever inquisitive and tender-hearted Sylvie pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night, as she comes to terms with her family's past and uncovers secrets that have haunted them for years. (from Goodreads)

As always, expect to see our reviews up next month after we've read the book! And feel free to join in on reading (and perhaps let us know you are by using hashtag #ItTakesTwo)!


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