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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Lucia’s Poltergeist by Felicia Kate Solomon dives deep into the journey of Lucia, a girl who craves love, care, happiness, and a better life. Her dreams are constantly crushed by her reality. Her mother is a single parent to three kids: Lucia, Ben, and Tim. Lucia is the youngest. The story goes back and forth from the year 1989, when Lucia was sixteen years old, to 1980, the time when Lucia was seven years old. In these flashbacks, Lucia remembers the time that she spent with her father. Since her parents were divorced, she could not live with both of them and had to be with her mother all the time except for weekends, when Lucia could visit her father. She hated being with her mother because she was abusive -- both physically and emotionally. She said mean things to Lucia and made her feel insignificant. Lucia craved her mother's attention more than anything else. She did not know that the strange appearance of pools of water would get her mother to acknowledge Lucia's existence. The more these paranormal activities escalated, both in frequency and intensity, the more Lucia started getting her mother's attention. Ben believed that Lucia was the cause of these supernatural occurrences; however, nobody believed him.
I am in awe of the amazing writing of the author. The deep impact a mother's negligence can have on a child's psyche could not have been written any better than how the author has expressed it in Lucia’s Poltergeist. Lucia's low self-esteem, a troubling perspective of the world, the inability to express herself normally, a depressed state of mind, and deep psychological issues are just some of the attributes that her damaged childhood left her with. The author has done a commendable job in narrating Lucia's gradual transformation from a terrified and troubled young girl to an independent adult. Those paranormal activities turned out to be the push that Lucia needed to realize and change her life. Everything - from the dialogues to describing the characters to maintaining the intrigue - is impeccable beyond doubt. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy joining a character on a journey of self-realization and who really enjoy complicated characters.