For Harper, Shadowford is her last chance before being dumped in juvenile detention. Passed around to numerous foster families since the horrible tragedy that befell her adoptive parents eight years ago, Harper just wants to fit in, be accepted, and have a few friends. Her first week at the new school, Peachville High, is almost unbearable. But, when a popular cheerleader is murdered, suddenly Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn that leaves her reeling.
I was hooked immediately. This fast-paced novelette kept me guessing all the way to the end. Harper is a likable protagonist who has felt out of place her entire life. She realizes there is a power inside her, but she has no idea how it can be controlled. Her plight is easy to relate to and to sympathize with. It felt almost as if I had been be-spelled along with Harper as, once I began, I was simply unable to stop reading until the end. This book ends with something of a cliff-hanger, but I am now fully engaged in discovering the secrets being hidden in the unusual town of Peachville, Georgia and Shadowford Home for Girls. I am eager to read the next installment, Inner Demons. This story will appeal to a diverse cross-section of readers regardless of age.
Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.