Sunday, May 1, 2011
THE WHITE DEVIL by Justin Evans
Andrew feels like a complete outsider as his classmates have been together since grade school. Things don't improve when he sees the famous Harrow ghost and sees the ghost kill one of his classmates.
Then he meets Penelope, the only girl allowed to attend Harrow because her father is a headmaster. She befriends Andrew because of his uncanny resemblance to Lord Byron, one of Harrow's famous alumni, and the subject of a play being written by poet in residence, Piers Fawkes. Andrew continues to see the ghost and uncovers a connection between the ghost and Byron, which he needs to uncover quickly before anyone else is killed.
At first, I didn't really like this, I prefer my ghost stories to be a little more subtle. But once I got further into it, I enjoyed it much more. The plot got more interesting and the story moved faster. However, it wasn't quite as Gothic and scary as the reviews would have you believe. There was plenty of suspense and enough literary history to keep me satisfied. At times though, I was unsure if the author was targeting a YA readership or adults.
All in all, I would say it was a decent read, but not a must read, a bit over-hyped. Get from the library.
my rating- 3/5