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"A chill came out of nowhere. My hair lifted around my face as if a wind swirled through the room, and I froze. And, then, something impossible to believe happened. Alexa said 'Help us' and a child’s eerie crying filled the room." In Under the Willows by Pamela McCord, recently widowed Kelly Harris and her son TJ move into a house in Ohio that her deceased husband inherited from his late grandmother. Doing their best to deal with their grief while adjusting to a new life in a small town, everything seems to move in the right direction until an eerie girl's cry comes out from the Alexa unit in her son’s bedroom. Confused and scared, Kelly soon discovers the reason behind the haunting.
The paranormal element in the story is technology-centered as the ghost of a little girl asks for help from Kelly and eight-year-old TJ. The 28-year-old widow is a resolute woman and mother who admirably tries her best to live a good life with her son after a devastating tragedy. The small-town charm of Marysville is wonderfully depicted through a clear-cut narrative. The plot is paced accordingly; every intriguing and tense moment has a nice buildup to raise readers' curiosity about what will happen next. The relationship between Kelly and Rob, a local detective, developed faster than I expected but the romance was balanced well with the mystery. Overall, Pamela McCord's Under the Willows may not be the scariest paranormal modern tale that I've read but it's enjoyable and I look forward to reading more of her work in this genre.