In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than I thought I would. In the beginning, it was made clear it was going to be a romance. I was surprised by the abrupt death of the main love interest. The idea of war and an epidemic was frightening and gave a great ambiance The characters are all individuals with different personalities that are well developed. They are written well enough for me not to notice a huge plot twist at the end. The only thing I did not care for was the almost sex scene between Mary Shelley and Stephen, the ghost. It was weird and almost awkward because of the awakening and the aftermath. Even with that awkwardness, I read this book in one day. As of recently, I've been really bad in my reading so this is a fantastic compliment.
I would not recommend this book to a younger audience due to the "sex" scene and the mention of PTSD and torture. If you enjoy mystery with a bit of romance, ghosts, and a strong female protagonist, you will enjoy this novel. Any more suggestions will be accepted, so go ahead and submit.