The Ghost Next Door

The Ghost Next Door

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  • Book | 178 pages
  • 142.24 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 136.08g
  • United States
  • 0060266287
  • 9780060266288

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562 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 40% (227)
4 34% (190)
3 21% (119)
2 3% (16)
1 2% (10)

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I see <b>Wylly Folk St. John</b> was publishing before I was born. Having the pleasure now, I realize she shares the high calibre of pre & post 1970s authors like <i>Richard Peck</i>. It's a blessing to find long ago titles on discount tables. To my delight, I discovered I own another <b>Wylly</b> story: <i>"The Mystery Book Mystery" (1976)</i>! There's a special touch to pre-1980s mysteries: less distraction with gadgets and being more in tune with surroundings. Nothing dates these novels except language and courtesy. The girls in <b>"The Ghost Next Door" (1971) </b> could be teens today: playing compact discs instead of records, still keeping an eye on younger brothers. I issued three stars because there is far less ghost involvement and fear than we glean from the synopsis. The soft cover portrait especially, demonstrates heavy haunting that isn't the case. If you know that, there is plenty of hinting and wondering that would be freaky in real life. The melancholy of a lost family member, the sensation of old belongings, are always exotic touches. I always find the very best ones in the world are mysteries about anything at all, except murders. Deciphering notes, finding artifacts, secret places.... less drastic scenarios are exceedingly original and we connect with them much more deeply. They aren't police matters: everyday mysteries are up to us! Extraordinary writing ability makes this book a gem. The author phrases things superbly, with the dialogue entirely feasible. <i>'Lindsay'</i> and <i>'Tammy'</i> are refreshingly mature: best friends adapted to being different. There are sketches throughout depicting characters exactly as you expect, especially the medium! I wonder who drew them. A tertiary character driving the book, the neighbour's niece <i>'Sherry'</i>, is the most unusual narrative I've ever seen. It works! It is she who experiences phenomena. The protagonists observe.show more
by C. Riedel
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