Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement Moore
About: Amy and Phin Goodnight grew up surrounded by household spells, magic, and benevolent ghosts. While ranch-sitting for their aunt in Texas Amy and her sister quickly realize that they are not alone. There’s someone in the house with them—It is a powerful ghost that wants something from Amy…
What I liked: There is nothing more perfect when on the cusp of Spring than a good ghost story. Plus, this gem takes place in Texas, and is by a local Texas author (who recently visited the SPL Teen Center, ahem) . Anyhow, after much ado over this title and the author, I picked this book up.
First, the language, Clement-Moore’s choice of words makes for an expressive read. I felt like I could hear the tone in the character’s diction, feel the Texas heat, the supernatural chills and gusts in the air, etc. I also loved how well fleshed out and original the characterizations were, especially since this book takes place in Texas. I get so tired of the hyperbolized depictions of Texas good ol’ boys riding around on tumble weeds. It is so easy to portray the hunky cowboy, city girl on a farm clichés, et al. Rosemary steers clear of those generalizations and creates fully formed, self-aware, and most importantly strong and relatable voices. I am now eager to read her most recent book, Spirit and Dust.
Recommendation: This book would be best recommended to teens and adults alike who enjoy a good, well written ghost story. Especially readers looking for an accurate description of the Texas Hill Country with a supernatural twist.
Reviewed by Audrey