Title : The Moment Collector
Author : Jodi Lynn Anderson
Pages : 256
Published : Aug 7th 2014
Publisher : Orchard Books
Source : Netgalley
A haunting mystery, romance in the vein of The Lovely Bones by New York Times bestselling author.
"The yard of this house is a graveyard of moments and everything left behind is a clue. And I am here to dig."
There's a ghost haunting 208 Water Street. She doesn't know who she was, or why she's still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends - beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her.
But the ghost isn't all that's lurking in Gill Creek... Someone is killing young girls all across the county. Can the ghost keep these three friends safe? Or does she have another purpose?
My Thoughts :
When Maggies mum loses her job they have to up sticks and move to Gill Creek. Maggie misses her friends and her life from before but soon makes friends with her neighbour, Pauline and Liam. Pauline is beautiful and rich but seems down to earth so her and Maggie soon become good friends. Liam is the quite guy who has always loved Pauling but never made a move on her.
When murders start happening near their quite town Pauline is sent away to be safe. While she is away Maggie finds herself drawn to Liam and they become closer.
Now this book is hard for me to rate as I'm still unsure about the rating!! Im going to break this down to what I liked and what I didn't like,
What I didn't like :
Pauline - I really didn't like Pauline. While at times she came across as nice and kind, she also came across as selfish, naive, annoying and totally consumed with herself.
The murderer - I so hated the way the author handled the revealing of the murderer. We found out at the end but in such an offhand way that it felt thrown in. All the build up and I was so disappointed!!
Ugh, The whole Liam thing. I mean seriously!!!! I cant say too much because it will spoil it but OMG, I hated that part of the book. With what happened and then NOTHING was said.
The plot for the most part was so so slow!! I was going to give up reading at 20% because nothing had happened.
What I Liked :
Maggie - She was nice. She was mature, level headed, kind and an all round sweetheart. I loved her attitude to mostly everything, apart from the Liam thing!!
The authors style of writing - She has told a hauntingly beautiful yet frustrating story. The writing was beautiful and mesmerising.
So while I liked The Moment Collector it didn't wow me. I'm still torn on the rating but I think Ill stick to a 3 star because of the writing and the heartbreaking ending. Even though I knew what was going to happen it was still so sad!! While this wasn't one that I loved I still think a lot of people will love it. Its more a story of friendship and love than mystery and Ghost story.