Synopses & Reviews
This debut ghostly romance, set at a sinister boarding school, is “spooky, sexy, strange, and shocking,” says Printz and National Book Award finalist E. Lockhart.
When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn’t sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier. For the first time ever, she has her own studio, her own supply of paints. Everything she could want.
Then she meets Malcolm Astor, a legacy student, a fellow artist, and the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved, but life is finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy the ride.
But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. To Malcolm.
Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. But Liv must fight alone to come to grips with the ultimate star-crossed love.
"Think Ghost meets The Sixth Sense, acted by the Brat Pack this first novel from screenwriter Talkington has the feel of an elevator pitch. Readers who haven't seen the movies shouldn't have a problem with the lack of originality; the author's prose is highly readable, her story is well-paced, and the three protagonists (while not much more than familiar types) are sketched with appealing deftness. Liv, the arty outsider, is accepted to old-money Wickham Hall, a boarding school in the woods of New Hampshire. She naturally gravitates toward Gabe a strange, moody boy shunned by the rest but her heart thrills to Malcolm, one of the most popular students. Gabe claims to see ghosts, which pragmatic Liv doubts, until she becomes one. Discovering who killed her drives the final two-thirds of the book. The relentlessly visual focus of the prose (with frequent references to William Blake, Giacometti, Haring, Caspar David Friedrich, and more) reveals Talkington's personal vision, but it's a vision that readers without a significant cultural vocabulary will find it difficult to fully share in. Ages 14 up. Agent: Blair Kohan, United Talent Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it seems like her ticket out of the foster system. The school’s traditions and rituals are weird, but Liv couldn’t be happier. Her art is better than it’s ever been, and Malcolm Astor, rich scion of one of the school’s original families, seems to have fallen for her. Fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols warns her not to get involved, but Gabe is just a downer. Things are finally going Liv’s way.
But Wickham has a dark past. Over the past 150 years, students have been murdered in the name of an unimaginable conspiracy. And Gabe alone is cursed with the ability to see the spirits of the dead.
When Liv becomes Wickham Hall’s next victim, she must rely on Gabe’s help to prove to Malcolm that she’s still present… lingering with the other ghosts. Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm must fight to expose the terrible truth that has long haunted the halls of Wickham before more lives are lost.