Picture the Dead - Review

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown (illustrator)
Publication date: 1 May 2010 by Sourcebooks
ISBN 10/13: 140223712X | 9781402237126

Category: Young Adult Historical Suspense
Keywords: Ghosts, secrets, Civil War
Format: Hardcover, paperback, Kindle

From goodreads:

A ghost will find his way home.

Jennie Lovell’s life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone—or something—stops her?

Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end.

Alethea's review:

At first I wasn't so sure about the illustrations--the pictures of Jennie's extended family, the spirit photographs--they reminded me very much of the time I got addicted to the cutout filter in Photoshop. But as the story began to take shape, the more I looked forward to the next image. While they don't tell the story on their own--even, occasionally, give a little too much away, I enjoyed them.

Griffin's story-telling is pitch-perfect, making for a good historical. While the story is mysterious, it's not too frightening. It's a perfect spooky book for wimps like me! I don't want to say much more--I think this is one of those books where the less you know beforehand, the more you'll enjoy it as the answers are revealed.

I purchased this book because @kimberlybuggie said it was awesome, and she was right :)

Visit the authors online at www.adelegriffin.com and www.americanchickens.com. Follow @adelegriffin and @lisabrowndraws on Twitter.