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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Imagine the grief you would feel if the last thing you ever said to your best friend was, "I hate you," and then your best friend dies without you ever being able to make things right. Well, that's just what happens to Charlotte Winters in When Everyone Thinks You're Gone. Charlotte and her best friend Justin have a fight, and then he is killed in an auto accident minutes after she says it. Why though, if Justin is dead, does Charlotte see him everywhere? Can the bond they share transcend death, allowing Justin to help Charlotte when she needs him most?
When Everyone Thinks You're Gone found its way into my heart within the first pages. I could literally feel the all-consuming grief that Charlotte felt as she mourned for Justin, who really seemed to be her only friend. Ms. Faith captures Charlotte's feelings so realistically that I could just imagine how it must have felt thinking that no-one understood what she was going through. She allows the reader to watch Charlotte slowly heal, sometimes wavering back and forth, but eventually finding her way back from depression with the help of Emmett and Ainslie, the two friends that seem to come along when she needs them most.
This book deals with a few heavy topics such as death, grief, bullying, to name a few. I was afraid that the story might be a real tear-jerker, but watching Charlotte come out of the darkness and into the light from depression to finding her life again made this an amazing story of hope and inspiration. The paranormal aspects of the story were just an added bonus for me. Anyone looking for a page-turning read that has spiritual elements, along with a paranormal slant, great characters, and a plot with several unique twists will want to read When Everyone Thinks You're Gone.