Even the blurb is enthralling for goodness sake! Read read read! The way this story is written and described is atounding and amazing. The detail is magnificent and the storyline is chilling and captivating.
The First Two Sentences:
If anyone were to ask me, 'What is the root of all evil?' I would say not 'Money' but 'Food'.It was food - specifically the lack of it - that killed my sister.
I mean, a serious case of Dom Dom Dom!!!
The rest of the story carries on in this mysterious manner with expertise. Totally readable for eleven year olds (my daughter is a utter fan) and it seems like an adult book, with grown up language and subjects.
I am a person that will spend all of their spare time with abook in their hand. I read a book a day - the local library is run off it's feet. What I'm saying is that I have a wide experience with every type of book. Very few of these books involve me like this one. I WAS Lin Fox at some moments. Feeling what she was feeling. My heartbeat quickened and my eyes sprinted across the page at the parts where Grant created tension, and BOY was there tension.
17 year old Lindisfarne Fox (Hates the name with a verngence so she gets everyone to call her Lin, even daunting German teachers.) was forced to live in Germany by her self obsessed father, who, after his job got taken away from him, wanted to get away from it all. He took up the proposal of an old friend to try to come to Germany to find the (supposedly mythical) Allerheiligen Glass, lost for centuries, but worth millions. It apparently holds Bonschariant - the glass demon who can stop the heart of any person who looks at it, but this doesn't detter him.
The First Death, on a journey to try and find their new home (A Castle), Lin stumbles across a dead body in an orchard. She was going to ask the man (who heer and her family thought was asleep) for directions. Tuesday (Step mum)soon exits the car after waiting for Lin to come back for too long, and she too sees the dead body. She then goes into histerics, which her father hears, so guess what, he joins them. (Older sister) Polly and (step brother) Ruben wait in the car. Lin's father refuses to report the dead man to the police and they carry on their journey, though Lin remains haunted.
The Second Death, actually dissapointing, due to lack of detail. Polly and Lin find blood on the doorstep, but that's it...
The Third Death, in a way rescues the letdown of the previous death in detail and chilling shivers. While on a journey with new found (and only) friend Michael, the two teens discover a lady screaming by the road. They investigate. Bad idea. Inside the cemetry which the lady is standing outside of is a grave. There is a body in the grave. Someone had positioned the body to be climbing out of the grave, with their decaying lips pulled over the rotting teeth in a maniac smile. ... ew.
Deaths follow, some of her family have narrow escapes. Some not so lucky. Lin must find out the truth, but at what cost?
The Finale in this book is in some ways touching, and in others, action packed gothness that's creepy to read. But the end is amazing, perhaps the best part, it will stay with me for a long time, that ending.