Break My Heart 1,000 Times
Veronica Calder wakes every morning to two ghosts. The first ghost is an unhappy young man she sees in the bathroom. The second ghost is her late father. Every morning, her father sits at the breakfast table for a short period: he reads his paper, drinks his coffee and then smiles as he disappears. His appearance is almost like a film that plays again and again in the same way. While none of this is scary for her, it does seem that the ghosts are becoming stronger and more numerous.
"Daniel Waters, author of the Generation Dead series, delivers a creepy, well-spun story that will definitely keep his audience engaged. By the chilling end, perhaps we will all want a can of Ghost-B-Gone."
The Event changed everyone and everything in Montcrief. Readers are not given any details of what the Event was, but the results are obvious around the town. The dead are now seen everywhere: schools, hospitals, and libraries are some of the most popular places for sightings. Veronica’s friend, Janine, is totally freaked by all of this and is terrified when she encounters any ghosts. She will not even visit Veronica’s house because it is haunted. Even though there are ghosts at school, she is somehow able endure that because she carries a spray can of Ghost-B-Gone with her everywhere.
In addition to being interested in why her father chooses to return to the same spot every day, Veronica is also interested in the ghost of Mary Geer. Mary’s ghost appears at the same time every morning, going up the steps to her history teacher’s house. Mary was murdered over a year ago, but the killer was never found, although some evidence suggests that her boyfriend of the time is guilty. But, why does she haunt Mr. Bittner, the history teacher? Veronica does finds Mr. Bittner a tad creepy, especially the way he stares at her in class. In fact, Mr. Bittner is creepy.
Veronica isn’t the only one with an interest in ghosts; her English teacher, Mr. Percatelli, tends to turn his discussions in class toward life after death. Mr. Percatelli, still grieving over the loss of his family, is determined to understand what the apparitions mean. He is working on a book about these phenomena, and consequently knows more about ghosts than anyone in the town, along with some terrible, dark secrets. When student Kirk Lane offers to do extra credit, Mr. Percatelli gives him a project related to his book. Kirk is really doing this as a ploy to get closer to Veronica since he knows she’s interested in ghosts.
What starts out as an interesting assignment for Kirk turns into something much more. With Veronica going with him as he films ghost appearances, they run across something horrifying and beyond their understanding. They discover who killed Mary Greer and are almost too late in finding that Veronica’s life is also in danger. There are sinister forces among the living and the ghosts want revenge too.
Daniel Waters, author of the Generation Dead series, delivers a creepy, well-spun story that will definitely keep his audience engaged. By the chilling end, perhaps we will all want a can of Ghost-B-Gone.
Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on November 8, 2012