Whisper (Lakeview #2)
by Stacey R. CampbellOn a snowy January night, just days after a fire that nearly destroyed the school’s library, Elsie Stewart, daughter of the headmaster and founder of Lakeview Academy, dies slipping beneath the ice of frozen Clearwater Lake. Unable to right the wrongs she committed before her tragic death, Elsie’s spirit walks the halls of her father’s school, waiting for someone who can.
One hundred years later, while joining her sister’s friend Leigh to help clean out the school’s administration building before the big remodel, Halle stumbles upon Elsie’s hidden journal.
Obsessed with what she finds, Halle searches the school for clues that may lead to solving a century-old mystery. The only problem is that Halle also talks Calum Stewart, Leigh’s worst nightmare, into helping them.
Once Leigh and Calum are forced work together, sparks fly and no one around them, alive or dead, is left unaffected.
Publisher: Gemelli Press LLC
Publication Date: Dec. 25, 2013
This is the second book in the Lakeview series, and although I enjoyed the first book, I liked this one even more. If you haven't read the first book, CLICK HERE to read that review. I found the characters to be more believable, and ultimately, more interesting. I feel as though the author's writing got tighter with this book, and it made the series much more interesting.
Whisper manages to mix the budding relationship between Leigh and Callum with the mystery of the journal and the creepiness of the ghost appearing before those involved in solving the puzzle. As in the first book, there's also the element of danger from outside, but I found that the suspense was stronger in book two.
The Lakeview series benefits from the insulated life of students and explores teen relationships on a boarding school campus, without some of the pretentiousness that some prep school books tend to have. Add to it a paranormal element, a mystery, and a bit of danger, and you've got a pretty entertaining series.
Rating: A Good Read
I'm excited for the third book in this series. I liked the first, but the second was better by leaps and bounds. If the trend continues, we should be in for a great third book.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.