Publisher: Orchard Books (1 Aug 2013)
This is a book about a ghost called Story.
She’s lost in the city – alone, afraid and without her memory.
Then she meets Jude, a boy who sees the dead.
And he is the only one who can help her remember…
In the prologue, Jude meets Story. This is a very atmospheric scene.
Chapter One we get to know 17 year old Jude. He’s in an English lesson and a surprise A level assessment has been set for the class. They have to write an essay on ‘The world in which we live’. Jude is not writing. To him, death is more interesting than life and with his father away a lot working and with never having met his mum, he has the space to be a part of another level of society that most people can’t see. A ‘life’ that takes place at Highgate Cemetery. The teacher challenges him and we come to understand that Jude doesn’t follow rules or commands. Nobody understands him in school.
With the help of his ghost friends, Jude races against time to find out who Story is and what happened to her. (The ghosts also help him with his homework and have some great parties! Love the premise that ghosts are the dreams of the dead). It’s not all humorous though. When Jude and Story go to find The Loveless One at Abney Park Cemetery, there’s a scary/creepy scene with ‘the faceless ones’. Oh yes, and the stone angels … the Weeping Angels on Dr Who terrified me … the stone angels in Ghost are similar but you can’t BREATHE! Loved the scene in the crypt, it will give you goosebumps.
Quentin Gaskell (famous rockstar when he was alive) tells us the stories of the body snatchers so there’s also a bit of history linked in too.
Memory is a story about greed. There’s horror, humour and history. Alongside the paranormal, myths and the crime, there’s also the blossoming of young love. YA readers will enjoy how all the different threads tie together, making this an urban ghost story that engages your attention and makes you think ‘what if?’
I would like to thank the publishers for providing a proof copy in exchange for an honest review.