rhia reviews: The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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 20658345and 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?

My Goodreads rating: ★★★★★

Haunting, beautiful, heartbreaking.

This book is suggested for fans of THE LOVELY BONES, which I loved, so I had to read it. Whoever compared the two was clearly a genius as I adored both books.

I literally do not have words to explain how much I adored this book. Maggie is an instantly likeable character, struggling (internally, at least) with her family’s move from Chicago to Gill Creek, Wisconsin. Conveniently, in the two other houses on their street live two other teenagers her age – Pauline and Liam, with whom she negotiates a sort-of friendship.

And then there’s the ghost in the basement. You don’t learn a lot about this ghost, it – although from the very beginning it felt like a she to me – just crops up occasionally, floating over Maggie, Pauline and Liam’s lives and sort of keeping a watch over them.

And the serial killer on the loose. Let’s not forget him.

So I totally fell in love with these characters, with Gill Creek and its small town-ness, with the ghost and the lake and Water Street with its three houses. I’m actually a little sad to have read this book now, because I’d like to experience reading it again.

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