All summer long Sarah senses the presence of her beloved dead cat, Shadow. The family's new housekeeper, Cissy, also senses Shadow and feels the cat's spirit is trying to protect someone in the house. It's as if Shadow knows something terrible is going to happen. A gripping novel of taut psychological and supernatural suspense.
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I read this when I was at about the target audience age, around 12 or 13. I remember it being my first foray into any sort of psychological thriller, past Goosebumps and the like. It maybe freaked me out a bit, but for a relatively mature reader I think it would be appropriate enough. I especially enjoyed the weaving of a real dysfunctional family problem with a supernatural element - it allowed me to relate to portions of the story while still keeping it as fiction. Good read, but definitely encourage your child to read it during the day!
Review: ShadowUser Review - Bonnie Helbach - Goodreads
Thought this would be a typical read about losing a dear pet but a few more twists that made it a good read. Liked the family dynamics that made it more realistic. Read full review