The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork

I kept waiting for something to happen. It never did. The book description concludes with the promise that “their game spins wildly out of control”. Never happened. The story wasn’t a ghost story or a study of the spiritualist mania that was so popular in the beginning of the 20th century, it was about the summer adventures of a brother, a genius marketer, and his sister, who could crack her ankle.

I hoped, at least, to learn about the effect these escapades had on their adult lives. No on that, too.

In fairness, the children did have an effect on the older people who had lost family in WWI. These relationships were affecting. WWI changed the country; it was an horrific war that, it is said, destroyed America’s innocence. (Of course, that’s been said about a number of events.)

However, all in all, a disappointment. Not recommended for someone looking for a ghost story.

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