by Claire Fraise
(They Stay Series, #1)
Publication date: October 12th 2021
For fans of Stranger Things comes a suspenseful YA mystery about a missing kid, a girl who can see ghosts, and a horrifying crime only four outcasts have the power to stop.
What if the only person who could help you find your missing brother was dead?
Nothing is as important to sixteen-year-old Shiloh Oleson as her little brother Max. So when the six-year-old goes missing without a trace, a heartbroken Shiloh refuses to believe nothing can be done and sets out to find him.
When one of Shiloh’s classmates says she knows where Max is, Shiloh hesitates to believe her. Francesca is creepy. She says she can see ghosts, but everyone knows ghosts aren’t real … right?
But Francesca says that Max is going to be murdered.
And a ghost told her where he is.
As the line between the dead and living begins to blur, Shiloh starts to think Francesca might not be as crazy as she believed. One thing is becoming clear. Someone has gruesome plans for Max, and Shiloh must confront her worst nightmares to find him before it’s too late.
THEY STAY is the first book in the They Stay Series. Read on if you like ghost stories, plot twists, enemies-to-friends, creepy circuses, budding romance, and unlikely heroes.
Content Warnings: This book contains death, kidnapping, domestic abuse, references to suicide, bullying, and mild adult language.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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An emotional read that has plenty of turns that lead you on a fantastic journey. Fear and anxiety are a constant throughout, not only for the characters but it was for me too. The thought of going through what these children/teenagers go through is mind blowing for me, the strength they show is brilliant.
I'm so glad it's part of a series as there's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end! I would definitely recommend this awesome book, not for children though, as there are a few graphic descriptions that could upset them.
4 out of 5
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Claire Fraise earned her B.A. in English from Tufts University. She is also the author of YA dystopian novel Imperfect (winner of the San Francisco and Beverly Hills Book Festivals), which she published when she was 16. When Claire’s not writing, she likes crocheting amigurumi animals, reading, and hanging out with her dogs. Even though it goes against every introverted bone in her body, she is on social media. Connect with her on Instagram at @clairefraiseauthor, on YouTube at Write with Claire Fraise, or visit her website at clairefraise.com. Author links: https://www.clairefraise.com/ https://www.instagram.com/clairefraiseauthor/ https://www.facebook.com/clairefraiseauthor https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaHnxn6RT1-8k-08ym8pO3A?view_as=subscriber https://www.pinterest.ca/clairefraisebooks/_saved/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14193771.Claire_Fraise https://www.bookbub.com/authors/claire-fraise