Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com
It's 1882, and Lucy Phillips and her father are running scams to keep a roof over their heads. Tonight is their first attempt at a sÃ©ance, with Lucy playing the medium. If it goes well, this could turn into a regular and profitable enterprise for them. Planning only to play her audience with already acquired information, Lucy is shocked to hear a voice that no one else can hear. Maybe she really has contacted the dead!
In the present time, Lindsay Miller is on the floor in her closet trying not to hear the screaming and the crash of dishes coming from the kitchen. Her mom is drunk again and fighting with her latest fling. Unfortunately, this one's not just a fling, this one's her new step-dad. If only there were someone, anyone, she could talk to. The last thing she expected was a voice with no form to come from her closet!
Lucy's new "abilities" as a medium are causing a huge stir. Her ability to predict the future is uncanny. She and her father are rapidly becoming more than financially stable.
On the other end of time, Lindsay's world is shredding to pieces. Everyone thinks she's crazy. They even tried to keep her in a mental institution! Now she's a runaway who's running out of money. And the only friend she can talk to is not only literally light years away, she's part of why all of this is happening.
Between the two girls, and across hundreds of years, can they figure out how to save each other?
This book was completely enthralling. The storyline is fantastic. The characters are strong and interesting. Their situations and experiences are pretty realistic. It's just such a cool idea; I'm so glad it was done well! It's really interesting to look at how a similar situation plays out so completely differently in two time periods; it's almost the opposite of what you'd expect. Normally you'd think "We have so many more resources now, and people are so much more open-minded. Obviously Lindsay would have an easier time of it." But that's not quite how it goes. Not to say that Lucy has an easy time. Oh, go read the book! I don't want to give anything away. Although I will tell you that the solution is really great!