The Ghost Hunter's Daughter

The Ghost Hunter's Daughter

by Caroline Flarity

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Overview

"Supernatural meets Mean Girls" in this dark, YA paranormal mystery for older teens.

Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”



Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone and that Dor is in crisis.



As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.



But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996845007
Publisher: East Side Press
Publication date: 04/22/2019
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 1,043,632
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Caroline Flarity is a web content producer living in NYC. Her fascination with fringe topics and love of scary movies led her to begin her writing journey penning creepy screenplays. Her debut novel THE GHOST HUNTER'S DAUGHTER started life as a feature script, placing in the finals of the StoryPros Awards and as a semifinalist in Slamdance Film Festival's writing competition.

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The Ghost Hunter's Daughter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Allykitten 28 days ago
This book was definitely interesting and stood out in many ways – both good and bad. First off, this book was way darker and heavier than I expected – especially for a YA book. There are a lot of mature topics covered that I’d like to think young adults today aren’t thinking about or experiencing, but perhaps that’s just me living in a dream world bubble lol. I really liked the main characters and I especially enjoyed how realistic and flawed they were. Anna was easy to like and connect with. I think most readers will be able to either relate to her or have empathy for her and her situation. I liked how smart, strong, brave, stubborn, tenacious, and caring she was. She totally has her cynical and obnoxious moments, but then again, she is a teenager. She also has a lot of personal issues that she is struggling with, but she is working through them, and it definitely shows her hard work, dedication, and development throughout the book. Anna saw her mom commit suicide in front of her when she was only eight years old. Anna’s mom was possessed by a demon and sacrificed herself before the demon could hurt her daughter and husband too. Anna and her father both haven’t been able to get over the loss and both deal with the grief in different ways. Anna also struggles with low self-esteem, poor self-image, self-harm cutting, teen pressures, bullying, family issues, an absentee father, grief, loss, and abandonment from her mother. I liked Anna’s best friends Freddy and Doreen, also known as “Dor.” I also loved Anna’s Dad, Jack, and his new assistant, Geneva! They were so adorable together! Geneva was hilarious, scatterbrained, yet super intelligent, compassionate, and warmhearted. Jack was kind, considerate, stubborn, persistent, but he was in a great deal of pain and every day was a challenge for him. Jack was still grieving over the loss of his wife and after her suicide he turned to hoarding – never able to let anything go. I liked that this book shined light on hoarding and educated readers that it’s not just people choosing to be lazy, dirty, or messy – that hoarding is a medical disorder and not a choice. Even though Anna teases Jack about his stuff, that she refers to as “Jack’s Crap,” and “Jack’s Kingdom of Crap,” she knows that her father is trying in some strange way to cope with her mom’s death. Anna doesn’t completely understand the connection with hoarding, trash, and grief, but she knows her dad is sick and needs help. Throughout the book Anna does throw a lot of shade at her dad and his hoarding and even though it is often laughable it is at the same time sad. I liked that this book also gave insight into bullying. Anna is a victim of bullying. The mean kids have created cruel nicknames for her, including, “Goblin Girl,” and “Daughter of a Freak.” Anna’s actually mostly embraced, “Goblin Girl,” and even teases calling the name herself to beat the bullies to the punchline. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it! I think all young adult, supernatural, paranormal readers will like this book too! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
amybooksy 3 months ago
I thought The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter to be a fun read. With just a little over 200 pages long, I had no issue reading it in just a couple of hours. There were a few parts of it that were a little slow, but they quickly picked up that kept me wanting to read on. I enjoyed this debut from Caroline Flarity . I am giving The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter three stars. I look forward to more by this author. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
0urtownbookreviews 3 months ago
This kind of sort of dark paranormal YA genre is not really my thing. However, I still enjoyed the book. It was easy reading and the characters were not just well-defined but realistic. The issues brought up that many people must experience and/or deal with were realistic too. At first, I thought there were so many issues that it would muddy the plot but in fact, it didn’t happen. All of the issues being so real, so everyday in some ways, made the supernatural and the quirky parts of this story fall together. A good read and an excellent debut novel. The kind of read it never hurts to add to one’s repertoire.
NerdyHousewifey 3 months ago
3.5 stars So I love ghost related paranormal reads. I will admit this one was a little darker than I thought it’d be, but it was over all pretty well written and interesting. My largest issue stems from the Mc Anna herself. I did not find her to be the most likable person. So it was hard to really enjoy the read.
ElysianF 8 months ago
This was a fun and interesting read that is more of a coming of age story within a world that contains the supernatural. While the story has supernatural elements, I really felt this book was all about Anna and her growth/self-discovery. There are triggers: self-harm, suicide and the memory of a minor being groped. This story is about the life of Anna, a teenage girl trying to live her life with the extra issues that come with being a ghost hunter and dealing with the supernatural. Anna had to grow up fast and that is seen in her character development. She acts both her age and a bit younger as she is still trying to balance her two worlds. I loved the secondary characters as much as I did Anna and it was great to get a glimpse into her life. Friendships and family are present in this story and help Anna with her adventure. The plot of this story was very addicting and I was constantly on edge as to see what would happen next and what the outcome would be. This is a YA story so there is not much graphic detail or over detailed accounts of specific issues and the ending was slightly predictable (thought that did not ruin the story in any way). I liked that the major life issues did have a realistic feel towards them and I enjoyed Anna’s reaction, made her seem very real. I think that (as I said before) this story is a must read for those wanting a different version of a coming of age story. I think that it proves how people are stronger then they think they are, how having a few solid friends really helps in life and that not everything is as it seems. I may have read more into this story then the author intended but I kept going back to the deeper feelings and thoughts that this story brought out in me. I received an ARC via NetGalley and I am leaving an honest review.
ReadersFavorite 8 months ago
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite In the small town of Bloomtown, teenager Anna, the daughter of a paranormal investigator, is deemed weird by her peers at school. She is teased, bullied and nicknamed Goblin Girl. Her ability to make contact with spirits and trickers is something that causes her distress, especially as she is still trying to come to terms with the death of her mother 8 years ago. Anna's two friends are her only means of support in the world, as her father is preoccupied with his work and slowly disappearing behind the hoards of objects he collects. When the behavior of some of the residents turns ugly, many blame the imminent solar storms heading towards the town but Anna suspects a more sinister reason. Could the same demonic spirit that caused her mother's death be responsible? Anna is determined to discover the truth while at the same time resolving painful memories and finding clarity in her life. The Ghost Hunter's Daughter by Caroline Flarity is a dark and spine-chilling story with a fantastic descriptive narrative which had me hooked from the outset. The plot contains plenty of suspense and tension-filled moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are interesting and their personalities are multi-layered. The main plot involving Anna and her battle against tricksters, spirits, and demons, is supported really well with sub-plots concerning dysfunctional family dynamics, bullying and overcoming the death of a loved one. There are some comical moments too, especially with Geneva, the father's assistant. I loved her personality. The relationship between Anna and her father's tortured soul, as they try to deal with the mother's suicide has some really tender moments. I thought the exploration into the after-effects of bereavement was dealt with sympathetically as were the emotions of a teenager being bullied for being deemed as 'different'. The climatic ending as they try to thwart the dark energy causing mayhem in the town was superb. The references to quantum physics and different dimensions also gave a great deal of realism to the plot. A great story all around.
CrossroadReviews 11 months ago
What drew me in for this book was the cover. It was creepy and interesting and I have to say that the book didn’t disappoint at all. This one really reminded me of mashed up episode of Supernatural, The Conjuring, and Mean Girls with Hoarders tossed in for good measure. And I have to say that IT WORKED!! I have have been in the pahanmoral field for over 20 years and I have to say that this author did a very good job with the ghosty demon aspect of this story. I felt like she did justice to those who cleanse objects etc. And I loved every second of it. The characters in this one were great. I loved Anna and really enjoyed that she was just a normal teenager. She had her faults and well she acted her age! How many young adult novels can say that? I know that I have seen some people say that this reads for younger teens and I would have to disagree. Her being 16 in this she sounded just right. I know that my 14 almost 15 year old acts a lot like Anna in some aspects. And over the course of the story she grows and learns that its ok to make mistakes. And its also ok to just let things go. Because in the end no one can make you feel bad unless you let them. Her friends were perfect for this story as well. I do wish we would have gotten a little more romance in this one but I could see that happening in a book two. Her dad although a hoarder was also great. He was understanding for the most part and his new partner was so adorable!! I love her so much!! I think that I would love to see a book two that centers around the house being cleaned up. Her dad going forward with healing after his wife's death. And some romance blooming between some characters. As well as maybe then going on the hunt to start ridding the world of bad spirits etc. Esp. with how this one ended with Anna having a certain connection. Go Into This One Knowing: Bullies, Pedophile (old teacher), Ghosts, Death of a Parent, No Cliffhanger
Boohimdanno 11 months ago
For a teen\YA novel this story dives into dark subject matter that might not be for teens. The book will suck readers in with it twisted tail of mystery and understanding of one self. The Ghost Hunters Daughter is length, speed, and darkness for the subject matter ad audience who are looking to read this book. As a debut novels Caroline Flarity will have readers needing more as soon as they put down her book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher East Side Press for the advance copy of Caroline Flarity The Ghost Hunter's Daughter.