Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison
Reviewed By: M.S..
Olivia Tithe is a beautiful artist and loves everything and anything about painting. She loves how it takes her to her own little world and loves the way the pain brushes feel and the paints smell. She paints above the room where her schizophrenic mother plays the piano beautifully. Olivia also loves another thing, her piano-prodigy friend Stern, who is a student of her mother. But flash forward and Stern is murdered...by Olivia's mother. Olivia has gone colored blind, a sign she might be schizophrenic like her mother, and has lost all motivation to paint or do anything...except talk to the ghost of Stern who is helping Olivia prove to the world that her mother didn't do the crime. Ellison, author of The Butterfly Clues, does it again with her second mystery novel. Combining the mystery factor of finding out the truth about what happened that night Olivia's mother was found with Stern, dead and bloody in her lap, and also the emotional story line of Olivia's life changing before her eyes, literally. Will Olivia find the truth...or is she turning just as crazy as her mother?
Why I Picked it Up: I fell in love with Ellison's very first book. I never read a mystery novel and The Butterfly Clues was my first and couldn't wait to read another by this amazing author. (There's actually a review for it somewhere in here as well and I highly suggest you read it!)
Why I Finished It: There's no way you can't not finish it. It's kind of slow in the beginning so you need patience but one you hit that first shocker of "what?!" you wont be able to put it down.
I’d Give this Book To: Everyone!! Especially mystery book lovers or someone who's never read mystery before. I again suggest both her mystery novels since they combine both a mystery plot line and some sort of interesting character story line that coincides with it and merges together perfectly.
**Librarian Side Note** I too am a big fan of Ellison's first book, Butterfly Clues, and I could not wait for this book to come out! I am glad to hear that it's just as good a mystery as the first book! Get into the Library to check out either book today.