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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Haunting of Lavender Raine is a paranormal mystery novella for children and preteens written by Jessica Renwick. What happened to her grandmother’s locket, and why had she ever thought to wear it that day? The golden heart-shaped locket had been one of her grandmother’s most prized possessions and was her mom’s favorite now, ever since her grandmother had died several weeks before. Her mom had promised that Lavender could wear it once she turned sixteen, but that was three long years away. She was certain she had it when she ran off into the woods in search of Blot, their cat who had been their grandmother’s before she died. Lavender had no idea why Blot kept running off into the woods, but he was certainly keeping her busy chasing after him. Then she saw Blot down the trail, leaning against what looked like gray fabric. As she watched, she realized she could make out the ghostly image of a woman with long black hair, and she heard her voice spoken softly in the air. But ghosts weren’t real, no matter what her mother thought, were they?
Jessica Renwick’s The Haunting of Lavender Raine is a well written, suspenseful tale about two young teens who’re determined to find out why a ghostly apparition continues to haunt one of them. I love paranormal stories and was thrilled to discover Renwick’s story had the perfect combination of ingredients for a fine, slightly spooky read and an enthralling mystery. Her characters are well-defined and credible, and her plot makes for a grand ghost story. I’m pleased to see the author has a sequel planned and am looking forward to reading it as well. The Haunting of Lavender Raine is most highly recommended.