by Alison Stine
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 9th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Something is wrong with Esmé.
Kicked out of school in New York, she’s sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.
And something is wrong with the cute and friendly neighbor Ez’s age with black curls and ice-blue eyes: He’s dead.
Esme Wong moves to her grandmothers house after having some problems in New York. She made the grand decision to climb into a subway and was injured. It had been a while since she had last seen her grandmother but remembered how weird she was and her home. After the long trip there she was totally ignored by her grandmother and everyone else excerpt for a brother and sister who she finds out are ghosts. And that’s just the beginning of all the supernatural things that start happening. She finds out she has some very strange abilities where she can converse and interact with spirits that are traped here. One spirit she finds wants her and everyone else dead.
Unlike some of the reviews of this book I found it a creepy and an enjoyable read. I loved getting to know all the characters, human and ghost, the history behind each and the reason they repeatedly did the same thing over and over. Esme was a wonderful character. I enjoyed trying to reason out what was going on and why she was encountering the spirits that she did and to finally in the end see Esme’s “gift” help several spirits get peace.
Supervision was a fun read and I recommend it to anyone who would like a fresh new idea. And it was definitely creepy!!
ALISON STINE’s first novel SUPERVISION will be released by Harper Voyager UK in 2015.
Also the author of three books of poetry: WAIT (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), OHIO VIOLENCE (University of North Texas Press, 2009), and LOT OF MY SISTER (Kent State University Press, 2001), she has worked as an actor, an artist’s model, a high school teacher, and a professor. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio University, and is an avid urban explorer.
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