Every ghost has a story to tell.
The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But it's the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar—a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal—that have the most chilling impact on her.
Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality—before she loses touch with her own life forever.
I admired Tansy's dedication to her grandfather and I liked that she was spirited. I just felt that she isolated herself from anyone and made herself the outsider. Even though she had a fear of being hurt, I felt that it wasn't very realistic at times. I really liked Bethyl Anne, she was very sure of herself. Even though she was younger, I felt that she was more mature then Tansy. Tate was a really sweet boy, but I don't feel that he was developed enough for me to have a good impression of him. This book was an original ghost story. I really enjoyed the insight to the past and that there was such rich detail in each scene. The pacing of the story was extremely slow and I wish that it didn't drag as much as it did. I liked that there was a hint of mystery and paranormal, but not to over powering. Archer's writing was beautiful, but I wish that the pacing was better and that I could relate to the character more, but the originality made it worth a read.