Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat - a girl who sees auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she's trained to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their energy on film. She's aided by Oliver, a techno-whiz; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy she's loved forever. When a ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse called a soulchain. Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise in seven days, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before...or die trying.
- Hardback | 384 pages
- 148 x 216 x 32mm | 464g
- 13 Feb 2015
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
"This debut novel features a dark, compelling story and more than enough gore to please the most demanding horror reader." --VOYA "A paranormal ghost-hunting story that is a standout in the genre . . . Frightening from the first page, this is sure to please horror fans, particularly those familiar with ghost and vampire legends." --School Library Journal "Alameda keeps the fear dripping from the walls as she plunges headlong into this full-scale thriller . . . A page-turner for thriller fans." --Kirkus Reviews "Alameda succeeds at creating hideous creatures that are the stuff of nightmare. The rapid pacing, advanced technology, and limitless weapons just add appeal for readers seeking a supernatural thriller." --Booklist "Alameda's worldbuilding is strong--this alternate version of San Francisco is dangerous and unpredictable-- and her characters evoke shows like Buffy and Supernatural." --Publishers Weekly
About Courtney Alameda
Courtney Alameda is a veteran bookseller and librarian. She holds a degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Courtney has worked for Barnes & Noble stores in Orem, Utah, and Roseville, California, as a children's department manager and as a customer relationship manager. She is currently a youth services librarian at the Provo City Library, where she has also worked planning and promoting the library's major events.