At first, the writing was awful. The characters felt fake, and the writing was cluttered with clichéd phrases, especially during Emma/Daniel scenes. (Especially the first one. It almost made me chuck the book at the wall.)
Then, as the writing goes on, it gets better. I like Charlie and Emma's connection, even if it does seem a little odd and undeveloped in the beginning. It's worth reading, but not worth keeping.
Basic plot discription aside, this is exactly the kind of book I would have loved to have ran across as an eleven-or-twelve-year-old. Scary, but not terrifying ... tidy little romance, but not bodice-ripping racy. Long enough to let the plot ramble around a bit, but not lengthy enough to be overwhelming. Not award-winning literature by any stretch of the imagination, but there are worse ways to pass an afternoon ...
Cusick does a good job of building suspense in this supernatural thriller. To get her twin brother Charlie to take her friend Val to the winter dance, Emma Donovan accepts his challenge to spend a night in the creepy, empty house next door that is supposedly haunted. Soon, the 17-year-old finds herself caught in a century-old love affair with anything but a happy ending. She becomes deeply involved in the secrets of the house, and Charlie and Val struggle to save her before the romance plays out its tragic conclusion a second time.
Recommended for fans of Caroline Cooney, R. L. Stine, and/or Christopher Pike.
On a whim,Emma Donovan bets her twin brother,Charlie that she
can spend the entire night alone at the spooky,abandoned house
next door.The place is seriously creepy,but she's determined to
overcome her fears and prove her brother wrong.Until she finds
herself reliving a horrific night from the house's past and a
passionate love with a handsome and strangely familiar young man.
When Charlie finds her,he's sure it was all "just a dream."
Yet Emma has persistent paranormal experiences involving the house
and the young man from the past.As her "dreams" intensify,Emma
becomes convinced that they are very real...and that she has a
dreadful part to play in the supernatural reenactment of a tragic love.