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One of School Library Journal’s Best Fiction Books of 2011Some secrets are better left buried; some secrets are so frightening they might make angels weep and the devil crow. Thought provoking as well as intensely scary, White Crow unfolds in three voices. There's Rebecca, who has come to a small, seaside village to spend the summer, and there's Ferelith, who offers to show Rebecca the secrets of the town...but at a price. Finally, there's a priest whose descent into darkness illuminates the girls' ...
One of School Library Journal’s Best Fiction Books of 2011Some secrets are better left buried; some secrets are so frightening they might make angels weep and the devil crow. Thought provoking as well as intensely scary, White Crow unfolds in three voices. There's Rebecca, who has come to a small, seaside village to spend the summer, and there's Ferelith, who offers to show Rebecca the secrets of the town...but at a price. Finally, there's a priest whose descent into darkness illuminates the girls' frightening story. White Crow is as beautifully written as it is horrifically gripping.
“Readers in search of an atmospheric horror/thriller with a high body count and a multilayered mystery—not to mention a good scare—will find plenty to like here.” —BCCB
* “Showing his customary skill with a gothic setting and morally troubled characters, Sedgwick keeps readers guessing to the very end.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This book is one thing very few YA novels are: genuinely scary.” —Booklist
Two girls are brought together more from ennui than anything else in this riveting tale that brings the murderous history of a disintegrating coastal town into the present.
Rebecca moves to Winterfold with her disgraced father, a policeman accused—but not convicted—of failure to do his duty, which resulted in a death. Her boyfriend quickly moves on, and, left to her own resources, she discovers Ferelith, a girl close in age, but miles away in capacity for dangerous stunts. Neither girl likes the other much, but there's little else to distract them. Judiciously interspersed are extracts from the 1798 diary of a parson who has met a French newcomer and discovers that they are both fascinated to know what science can tell them of the afterlife. As the grisly experiments of the past are gradually revealed, so dothe girls embark on increasingly dangerous games of daring, uneasily testing their trust and knowledge of each other.While at any moment they could walk away from the nightmare that only readers know is unfolding, these casual choices nonetheless lead them onward. The sea is eroding the coast, and the half-demolished buildings perched on cliff tops add a physical component to the unease. Masterfully plotted to keep the suspense ratcheting ever higher.
Wickedly macabre and absolutely terrifying.(Horror.14 & up)
Posted September 23, 2012
The White Crow
I give this book 4 stars, because it doesn’t evolve into its true meaning until you’re in the middle of the book. In the beginning all it truly talks about is Rebecca’s and Ferelith’s “adventures” together, and how much Rebecca misses her friends back home. Until you get to the middle where all the secretes start pouring out into place. The book is told by three people Rebecca the new girl in town, a priest, and Ferelith the girl that’s lived in Witerfold all her life, and knows all of Winterfolds darkest secretes! Rebecca is new in the very small town of Winterfold. Winterfold is slowly going away has the high tides of the ocean eat away the sides of Winterfold little by little. When Rebecca moved to Winterfold it was so her dad a Detective Inspector could go away for a bit while the rumors of his involvement of a teen’s murder die down. The priest talks about life after death. If Hell and Heaven truly exists, or if it’s just a myth. As the book goes deeper into the dark I guarantee you will get the chills and ask yourself if there is a such thing as heaven and if there is will you be there after death. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a horror book. Also if you think about hell and heaven this book may answer questions. This is something said by the priest “Hell is upon me. Hell is upon us all, unseen at every turn. Lord, will you not save us yet? Must we wait so long? Must we wait in vain”? This also said by the priest “Lord mend me! Save me! Before it is too late”. Will you dare to read this book?
Posted July 27, 2012
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