The Moment Collector

The Moment Collector

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The yard of this house is a graveyard of moments and everything left behind is a clue. And I am here to dig.

There's a ghost haunting 208 Water Street. She doesn't know who she was, or why she's still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends - beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her.

But the ghost isn't all that's lurking in Gill Creek... Someone is killing young girls all across the county. Can the ghost keep these three friends safe? Or does she have another purpose?

A hauntingly beautiful mystery for fans of The Lovely Bones.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 15mm | 232g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408330466
  • 9781408330463
  • 727,857

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Vivid and haunting * School Librarian * A mesmerising story of the complications of teen romance. [Book of the Month] -Julia Eccleshare * lovereading4kids * Haunting and beautifully written. Leaves you begging for more. * Kiss * An absorbing, stylish and intelligently written mystery. * Bookseller *
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About Jodi Lynn Anderson

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Tiger Lily, Peaches, The Secret of Peaches, Love and Peaches and the popular Maybird trilogy. She lives in Washington DC with an endless parade of stray pets.
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Rating details

3,113 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 20% (633)
4 28% (886)
3 31% (975)
2 14% (450)
1 5% (169)

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Review also available on my blog: Hi everyone! This book was first published last year as The Vanishing Season, which I find to be an unsuitable title - The Moment Collector is much better suited to the story in my opinion. Before I get into my review I need to make sure you understand some things. 1) Many people did not enjoy this book as they expected a serial killer/ghost story. These are elements of the books but definitely not a MAJOR part. It is an absolutely beautiful book about friendship, romance and coming of age, with a ghost twist. 2) I wouldnâ??t call it an exciting book per se. There is a killer but there is no tension or fear. This will put some people off but I urge you to read this book for other reasons Iâ??ll go into in a moment. 3) This book HAS received some unfair (imo) reviews because of expectations not being met. Although different from expected, it is a wonderful read. OKAY! Now thatâ??s done I can go into the review! I loved this book. Andersonâ??s writing is absolutely exquisite and although the plot lacks tension, Andersonâ??s writing makes it seem like there doesnâ??t need to be any tension. The story is told in third person from mostly Maggieâ??s point of view. But occasionally there are parts told from the perspective of a ghost who lives in Maggieâ??s house. The ghost does not know who she was and slips around in time. These are the parts I looked forward to. They are written in such haunting prose and are filled with a sense of inevitability. For me, there was no shock in this book. Even in the end, when everything is revealed, Anderson really cleverly (using the ghost) makes you feel as if this was always going to happen. Not in a negative, helpless way but in a sort of satisfied way. Like, a kind of peace that everything has fallen into place. Ugh I can feel my words mushing together itâ??s just I am unable to put into words how utterly gorgeous Andersonâ??s writing is. Although the plot will leave some people disappointed for lack of â??actionâ?? I found the pure simplicity of this book incredible. The characters were fabulous because they were so real. There are so many writers these days who write their characters as flawless. That they handle all situations perfectly. And they also use stereotypes such as antagonist female teenager - beautiful and popular compared to the protagonist who is quiet and meek. Plus the love triangles which I have grown to hate due to how they are ALL THE SAME. However, each of Andersonâ??s characters were so unique. Maggie, the protagonist, although quiet - she isnâ??t meek. She is headstrong and gets angry. Just like the best of us, she can be petty and mean sometimes. Pauline - she is beautiful and gets the attention of others but she doesnâ??t utilise it. I loved how childlike she is, how she is so naive compared to Maggie but not in a pathetic way. Liam - finally a boy who isnâ??t obsessed with the protagonist! Although there is a love triangle is this book, it isnâ??t cheesy. Itâ??s complex, and gritty and necessary, like those in life, for the characters to grow and develop. I canâ??t really describe these characters fully because they are so real - it would be more accurate to describe them as people. Overall, although differing from expectations, this book is an exquisitely haunting mystery, with characters so real they leap off the page and writing so beautiful it will linger with you for hours. I highly recommend and will definitely be reading more of Jodi Lynn Andersonâ??s work. 5 stars. Will you be checking this out when itâ??s released tomorrow? :) -Mollyshow more
by Molly Gibson-Mee
This popped through my letterbox recently from Love Reading 4 this is my review. This will be published in July 2014. I was intrigued by the cover and was really quite excited to read this as I thought this to be a ghost story. The cover felt magical with a real air of mystery. I had read Tiger Lily so thought I would be in for a treat. Sadly I was really disappointed by the storyline. Although this is a really beautifully written book, it did not have a ghostly feel to it. There is no mystery plot either. The characters and the relationships are interesting, but I found this not really for me �?�¢?? it was sad and really lonely and sorrowfully this did not cut the mustard for me. This was about fear in a small town and the morbid inquisitiveness, but really this is really just the backdrop and really all it boiled down to was teenagers and relationships. I persevered to the end which was tragic and although I found this story really sad I did not expect the more
by jane brown
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