A Sense of Discovery by Peter Martin


When Garry’s mother dies, he’s devastated. It’s not only her death, but her last words to him. He embarks on a search to uncover the truth. What follows is a dangerous journey. A journey full of unforeseen pitfalls, which could ultimately put both his life, and the lives of his whole family in jeopardy.


It’s difficult to write a review of this book without giving anything important away. Let me just say that it starts out with the main character rushing his mother to the hospital, where she tells him a terrible secret. The rest of the book details the fallout from this revelation as the characters get themselves in deeper and deeper. This book moves along at a good steady pace. Personally, I prefer slightly faster reads, but Martin uses the extra time wisely in developing his storyline.

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Resthaven by Erik Therme


The last thing Kaylee wants to do is participate in a childish scavenger hunt–especially inside the abandoned retirement home on the edge of town. When she finds a bruised, deaf boy hiding inside one of the rooms, she vows to lead him to safety . . . only to discover the front doors are now padlocked, and her friends are nowhere to be found. Kaylee is about to learn that not everything that goes ‘bump in the night’ is imaginary, and sometimes there are worse things to fear than ghosts.


Erik Therme’s writing style is fluid and deft. This skill is put on display in Resthaven, a YA suspense book that takes the reader into the chilling, creepy interior of an abandoned retirement home…with no way to escape.

A tagline for the book is “sometimes there are worse things to fear than ghosts.” One of those fears should be missing out on Therme’s writing. My two kids aren’t of reading age, but as soon as they are up to it, they’re getting this book shoved into their hot little hands.

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