I read a few reviews before starting this. Quite a few said it was pretty creepy and seriously good. While I enjoyed the story, I guess I just have a hard time feeling creeped out by a ghost story. The mystery was intense and kept me hooked to the book, however.
I felt bad for Isobel in this book. She was uprooted from her home, short notice, and moved into her stepfathers home. Well, Mansion (with a capital M) is more like it. While we get the teen angst going on not only from Isobel, but from Nathaniel, her stepbrother. When I first started reading, I wasn't entirely sure what I was in for, but as things started to unravel, I was glad to see that the two teens turned to each other, instead of away.
It had its humorous moments, but what I latched onto more was how Isobel's mother jumped to the "She's going crazy" thoughts without any hesitation. She never seemed on her daughters side and anytime her gross stepfather pointed out something and passed the blame onto Isobel, her mother was never one to question it. She took everything as truth when it came to people thinking Isobel was going crazy. It was sad and it made me want to reach out to Isobel, when her mother wouldn't.
While the story wasn't amazing for me, it was still entertaining. The mystery was fun, even though you mostly know what is really going on, and you just have a hope that Isobel can help resolve everything. Enjoyable, and definitely worth a read.