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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Review: The Haunting of Lily Frost

Lily nearly died as a toddler when she fell into the neighbour’s swimming pool. Their ferocious dog sounded the alarm that led to her rescue. Now, years after the neighbour’s pool has been filled with cement, Lily’s parents decide to sell their home and move the family to a tiny country town.

Lily is distraught at the thought of leaving her best friend and the only home she has ever known, but something or someone is drawing her to the newly purchased house. Why does her attic bedroom seem so icy cold at times and where do the puddles that appear on her bedroom floor come from? More importantly, how does a missing girl’s hoodie get mixed up in Lily’s clothes? Is someone playing jokes in very poor taste or is the missing girl trying to tell Lily something important?

Even though it is not directly said, there seems to be some connection between Lily’s near drowning as a toddler and the odd things that keep happening. The local creek seems to hold secrets too, but are they linked to Lily’s house or the missing girl? And what about the cute local boy Danny and his big dog? Does he know more than he has let on?

The Haunting of Lily Frost sent tingles up my spine at times and yet it was never too frightening: just spooky enough to keep me turning the pages to find out what the heck was really going on. The Haunting of Lily Frost: a tale with a creepy premise and a satisfying end.

Title: The Haunting of Lily Frost
Author: Nova Weetman
Publisher: UQP, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 23 April 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780702250156
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction

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