Stefan Petrucha & Thomas Pendleton,
Wicked Dead: Lurker
(HarperTeen, 2007)

In an old and abandoned orphanage, four ghost friends gather in the darkness to take their turns at rolling the bones, a ritual they routinely perform, to see who gets to tell the next tale. When the bones choose, the chosen friend tells the others her spooky story.

The story she tells is about the typical 17-year-old high school girl, Mandy, whose time revolves around her friends, her boyfriend and the computer. But when the school's wild child and beloved class clown ends up murdered, Mandy's life takes some serious turns.

Wicked Dead: Lurker is a book marketed for teens, but I quickly got swept up in the story and ended up reading it in one afternoon. This is a tale with some creepy and frightening moments, but it is by no means terrifying or gory. I found it appropriate for pre-teens as well as teens, and it was extremely entertaining to this 30-something reader. It transported me back to a time of slumber parties where we'd take turns telling stories trying to scare one another, and I was thrilled with the journey. I found the idea behind this book both original and fascinating and will definitely be reading the next in the series.

review by
Cherise Everhard

29 December 2007

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