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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
After a ghostly visit, a teenage girl works with her new friend to find a killer and change the destiny of an innocent man's family a hundred years in the past in the fascinating young adult paranormal novel, Destination: Unknown by Joey Paul. Balancing school alongside caring for her ailing mother, fifteen-year-old Harriet has an extraordinary encounter. Walking into her dining room late one night, Harriet sees the astonishing apparition of a girl standing on her table, surrounded by a bright blue light. Just before the specter disappears, she petitions Harriet to help her. A few nights later, Harriet notices one of the paving stones in the garden is glowing. When she steps onto the illuminated stone, Harriet is instantly transported a hundred years into the past. There she meets the girl who was standing in her home a few nights previously. The girl pleads with Harriet to prove that her father, accused of murder, is innocent, but how can Harriet alter history?
Destination: Unknown by Joey Paul is a sensational young adult novel portraying the supernatural confluence of two young girls' lives separated by a century. The story flows at a perfect pace, smoothly easing between the present and the past. Skillfully constructed, the plot and the subplots meld well together, creating a suspenseful and touching tale. Despite Harriet's age and trying circumstances, her caring attitude and a strong sense of justice define her well, making her an admirable and engaging character. It is an eye-opening book regarding the devastating effects Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia have on the patient and the family. Ms. Paul has done an exemplary job of presenting them and making them real. This intense paranormal novel will charm everyone who loves stories with courageous teenage protagonists and a hint of the supernatural.