Through Her Eyes

Through Her Eyes

by Jennifer Archer

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Overview

Every ghost has a story to tell . . .

The last thing Tansy Piper wanted was to move to the middle of nowhere in Cedar Canyon, Texas. Once there, her life takes a chilling turn when she finds a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal in the cellar of her new home.

The items belonged to Henry, a troubled teenager who lived in the house and died decades earlier. And Tansy, an amateur photographer, soon discovers that through the crystal and her photographs, she can become part of Henry's surreal black-and-white world.

But the more time Tansy spends in the past, the more her present world fades away. Can she escape Henry's dangerous reality before losing touch with her own life forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061834592
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Archer moved twenty-three times before her eleventh birthday—and once more at the age of sixteen. She has lived in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Arizona, California, and Oklahoma. An avid reader no matter where she was, Jennifer has always felt at home in the pages of a good book. Today, Jennifer spends as much time writing books as she does reading them. She is also the author of through her eyes, as well as several novels for adults. The mother of two grown sons, Jennifer lives in Amarillo, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. 

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Sophie Jordan

“Haunting and mysterious. Jennifer Archer delivers a supernatural read unlike any other! Spooky in the best way!”

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Through Her Eyes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This is one book that is totally different from the very start. Filled with a great love ghost story that is sort of twisted, it had me on the edge of my seat. Tansy has moved to a new town with new home that has secret. a secret that her Grandfather has been holding for many years. As Tansy finds clues in the house, she begins to unravel a secret that is pulling her in deeper and deeper into the past. Now this is the type of plot I love. A plot so good it pulls you in, literally. Tansy is a great character. I loved her spirit of adventure. As she found clues she let it take her in. It allowed the reader to read into the clues and see them as she does. Tansy doesn't hold back and if anything, she goes further than she has to. She helped her grandfather say what need to be said. I like the great mysterious of this book. With every page, the reader gets clues only to suck you in further. As the reader gets into the clues you find yourself super excited to learn to big secret. The way Ms. Archer wrote the buildup is great. It had me at the edge of the seat, biting my nails. Now the love interest is most definitely a unique one that I rarely see. This love interest involved a real person and a ghost. I though it was interesting the way Tansy fell for him but also feel for the other guy. It was like they were one and the same. I also like how well it connected both of them to find the clues and discovery what really happen. Through Her Eyes, is a great book that allows the reader to really see through her eyes. It was a super good, mysterious read that had you read each line faster and faster. Hauntingly beautiful, I know that once you pick up this book it would be one you would never forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tansy Piper is not happy about moving to Cedar Canyon, Texas. The small, podunk hometown of her grandfather does not suit her at all. But when her mother, an author of horror novels, decides to move there to help with the setting of her new book, Tansy has no choice but to go. Tansy has been carted around by her flighty mother for most of her life since her father and grandmother were killed in an automobile accident. Now, she and her grandfather are carted around from city to city, settling only long enough for her mother to finish writing, before being uprooted again. Lately Tansy's grandfather (Papa Dan) has grown distant, no longer speaks and seems to have slipped off into his own world. Moving to his hometown seems to have added to his troubles. When they move in to the old house where an old classmate of Papa Dan's once lived, Tansy notices some changes in her grandfather. The boy, Henry, was troubled and it is rumored that he committed suicide when he was younger. The house is supposedly haunted by his spirit, and though Tansy doesn't necessarily believe in ghosts upon her arrival, her mind is soon changed. She begins seeing old scenes play out whenever she lifts her camera to her eye. A mysterious nightengale seems to call to her every night, and there's something going on in the old cellar outside the house. Who (or what) does she see out there? As Tansy grows more and more involved with Henry's story, she finds herself losing her grip on her own life. Is she going crazy, or is Henry really trying to take her away? Jennifer Archer provides plenty of suspense throughout the book, and enough twists to keep the reader guessing. This is a different type of ghost story. It's more than just things going bump in the night. I liked that it was non-conventional. Her characters are well developed and though the set-up is one we've seen many times before (awkward teen girl, doesn't fit in, feels isolated) she handles it in a way that makes it feel fresh. The book wasn't as creepy as I'd hoped, but it is original. It will definitely have you thinking about it long after the final page.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To say Tansy isn¿t happy to be leaving her home, friends, and school would be a serious understatement, but the choice isn¿t really hers to make. Her mom writes horror novels, and hopes to find her muse in an old house in Texas. Tansy feels like she doesn¿t fit in from day one, and quickly loses herself in her photography. It is through the lens of her camera that she discovers the ghost story taking place around her.I absolutely LOVE a good ghost story, and Through Her Eyes delivered! Tansy is transported through time to witness the tumultuous story of a man named Henry unfold. I don¿t think the author could have picked a better vessel to give Tansy a front row seat to the past. As the story progresses and secrets unfold, I was turning each page with bated breath. I loved when the plot began to intertwine with Tansy¿s family tree. This book features some top-notch main and secondary characters. I admired Tansy¿s individuality and lack of desire to conform. She handles her relocation better than could be expected, and I liked that her relationship with her mother and grandfather (Papa Dan) was so very normal and healthy. I identified with the heartache she was experiencing watching her grandfather fall victim to dementia having experienced the same thing with my grandmother a few years ago. This plot detail and Tansy¿s bond with her grandfather really touched on one of the most difficult periods of my life, and memories that I tend to keep buried deep. This earned Through Her Eyes a special place in my heart, and allowed me to connect on a level other readers might not be able to experience. It isn¿t often that I can say this about a book.Mysterious Henry is charming in an uber-creepy way. I couldn¿t decide if I wanted to love him or fear him. Unlikely friend, Bethyl Anne AKA Stinky, was a delight. I dare you to not love this girl who speaks in Shakespeare quotes! Love interest, Tate, gives you the small town jock first impression, but there is so much more to this boy than meets the eye. As Tansy was losing her reality to the ghost of Henry, I was losing mine to this book. Fantastic premise, ideal pacing, and great characters! I¿d recommend Through Her Eyes to readers who enjoy ghost stories or stories of the paranormal, especially those partial to a small town setting (like me!). Standalone novels are becoming a rare find, so if that is your cup of tea give this one a try. I consider myself a ¿series kind of girl¿, but I absolutely loved this one and was left feeling sated at the end of the final page.I also have to add that Jennifer Archer wrote Women¿s Fiction prior to her jump into the YA writing pool. I haven¿t read her other titles, but I was thoroughly impressed with her YA debut!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one book that is totally different from the very start. Filled with a great love ghost story that is sort of twisted, it had me on the edge of my seat. Tansy has moved to a new town with new home that has secret. a secret that her Grandfather has been holding for many years. As Tansy finds clues in the house, she begins to unravel a secret that is pulling her in deeper and deeper into the past.Now this is the type of plot I love. A plot so good it pulls you in, literally. Tansy is a great character. I loved her spirit of adventure. As she found clues she let it take her in. It allowed the reader to read into the clues and see them as she does. Tansy doesn't hold back and if anything, she goes further than she has to. She helped her grandfather say what need to be said.I like the great mysterious of this book. With every page, the reader gets clues only to suck you in further. As the reader gets into the clues you find yourself super excited to learn to big secret. The way Ms. Archer wrote the buildup is great. It had me at the edge of the seat, biting my nails.Now the love interest is most definitely a unique one that I rarely see. This love interest involved a real person and a ghost. I though it was interesting the way Tansy fell for him but also feel for the other guy. It was like they were one and the same. I also like how well it connected both of them to find the clues and discovery what really happen.Through Her Eyes, is a great book that allows the reader to really see through her eyes. It was a super good, mysterious read that had you read each line faster and faster. Hauntingly beautiful, I know that once you pick up this book it would be one you would never forget.
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tansy Piper is not happy about moving to Cedar Canyon, Texas. The small, podunk hometown of her grandfather does not suit her at all. But when her mother, an author of horror novels, decides to move there to help with the setting of her new book, Tansy has no choice but to go. Tansy has been carted around by her flighty mother for most of her life since her father and grandmother were killed in an automobile accident. Now, she and her grandfather are carted around from city to city, settling only long enough for her mother to finish writing, before being uprooted again.Lately Tansy¿s grandfather (Papa Dan) has grown distant, no longer speaks and seems to have slipped off into his own world. Moving to his hometown seems to have added to his troubles. When they move in to the old house where an old classmate of Papa Dan¿s once lived, Tansy notices some changes in her grandfather. The boy, Henry, was troubled and it is rumored that he committed suicide when he was younger. The house is supposedly haunted by his spirit, and though Tansy doesn¿t necessarily believe in ghosts upon her arrival, her mind is soon changed. She begins seeing old scenes play out whenever she lifts her camera to her eye. A mysterious nightengale seems to call to her every night, and there¿s something going on in the old cellar outside the house. Who (or what) does she see out there? As Tansy grows more and more involved with Henry¿s story, she finds herself losing her grip on her own life. Is she going crazy, or is Henry really trying to take her away?Jennifer Archer provides plenty of suspense throughout the book, and enough twists to keep the reader guessing. This is a different type of ghost story. It¿s more than just things going bump in the night. I liked that it was non-conventional. Her characters are well developed and though the set-up is one we¿ve seen many times before (awkward teen girl, doesn¿t fit in, feels isolated) she handles it in a way that makes it feel fresh. The book wasn¿t as creepy as I¿d hoped, but it is original. It will definitely have you thinking about it long after the final page.
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tansy is tired of moving as everytine her mother writes a new book they have to move to the place where the book is going to be set. This time they move to the town where her grandfather has grown up. In a storm cellar Tansy finds some mysterious items, belonging to a boy named Henry who had grown up in her new house, and was said to have committed suicide when he was seventeen. An avid photographer, Tansy is startled to find that when she looks through the camera it seems to be looking to the past. What is Henry trying to tell her and what does her grandfather have to do with it?
Kskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tansy Piper's mother is like the female Stephen King, so for inspiration for her books they end up moving a lot. The latest move is from San Francisco to Cedar Canyon Texas where she mopes about hating the small town life. It's the kind of town where all the teens her age grew up with each other since kindergarten so she feels left out. Fighting loneliness she also struggles with the grief of her grandfather's dementia. Not to mention her new house is said to be haunted, it even has a turret and everything, but things change for her when she finds a pocket watch, a journal and a small crystal pendant in the cellar. They seem to have a life all their own. Not only that, but when Tansy an aspiring photographer looks through her camera's viewfinder it's as if she time travels to past memories of her grandfather and Henry the young man who haunts her house. While in these past memories she inhabits the body of Isabel (hence the title of this book.) It becomes hard for her to differentiate her feelings from Isabel's. It's interesting because as she spends more time in the past her present starts to fade literally. Her present becomes grey while the past is vibrant with color. It's as if Henry is enticing her to stay with him. If she gives in she has a feeling she can never come back.Gothic ElementsWell at first glance this book just seems like a contemporary tale. It is, but definitely Gothic. It's not set in a castle, but it's a once abandoned castle-like house complete with creepy cellar. This whole book is full of mystery and suspense. No one seems to know who the real Henry was and the mystery behind his death. It's all just a spooky legend that unfortunately unravels for Tansy. He is a ghost but we as the reader never really see him in the present world. In the present he comes as a nightingale. Constantly Tansy feels threatened by Henry. His love is obsessive and tyrannical at times. He makes a lot of demands on Isabel that seems to transcend to her. Tansy experiences a lot of disturbing dreams and things she can't explain she starts to think she has schizophrenia. The narration is sentimental because it has a lot to do with the memories of her grandfather who she dearly loves. There was a lot of anger, sorrow and terror that is present in Gothic novels. Often times Tansy feels panic that she will not come back to the present world. Our heroine is lonely, and pensive, and she suffers more because she feels afraid to ask for help.Unique and unusualI like that since Tansy is a photographer we get a lot of photography lingo and vocabulary. I also love the fact that all the characters seem equally fleshed out. Her closest friend in town Beth, is a thirteen-year-old genius who constantly quotes Shakespeare. Even though the story is about the Tansy-Isabel-Henry dynamic, it still manages to be about everyone else in that small town. Don't worry Henry isn't the only one vying for her attention. After all, there has to be someone in the present world fighting for her to stay. This book just had that almost tangible feeling to it. As if you could actually feel the suspense and taste the mystery. A lot had to do with the poems in the journal she found and in a way this book reminded me of Chime by Franny Billingsley. And while I seem to be the only person who actually dislikes that book I feel that Through Her Eyes did the whole poetic-Gothic-suspense-mystery thing much better than Chime. I mean time-travel can be annoying because it has the propensity to get confusing and aggravating, but it wasn't in this book. The reading flow wasn't hindered by any of the poems or other worldly experiences. It just flowed and the closure we feel in the end is pretty awesome. Check out some other reviews and then read it, because it's scary cool.
BookSwarm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tansy and her mother have lived all over the place because her mother, a horror writer, likes to get a feel for a place when she's writing about it in her novels. Tansy, on the other hand, wants to be in San Francisco, the last place they lived and where her friends (and potential boyfriend) live. But they moved to Cedar Canyon in Texas, where her grandfather, Papa Dan, grew up. And, of course, they move into a creepy, haunted house. Tansy's mom is ecstatic. Tansy...not so much.The family dynamic in this novel is excellent. Papa Dan, Mom, and Tansy are a great family unit. Granted, they have their issues but they love each other deeply. After years of taking care of them, Papa Dan has dementia and it's up to Tansy and her mother to take care of him. Moving to this new place, with unfamiliar people, Tansy's lost and needs her Papa Dan more than ever. Though he's there physically, he isn't there mentally or verbally and, with her mother in her writing cave, Tansy gets lost in her own thoughts. And this girl does think too much. She's a bit emo, a bit dark (perhaps she gets that from her horror-writer mom, hum?), and only semi-willing to give the people of Cedar Canyon a chance.Because she's pretty much isolated herself from all but a few people, Henry, the tormented ghost who haunts Tansy's new house, is able to contact her. As the story progresses, Tansy loses herself in Henry's world and, as his world gains color, her world loses it and she doesn't really want to return to reality. The point of view in this paranormal is unusual in that, while it's told through Tansy's eyes, it also includes flashbacks, which she sees when she looks through the lens of her camera. This story drew me in and made me want to stay a while, to try and figure out the mystery that haunted Cedar Canyon and to see what happened to Tansy (and to maybe shake her mother so she'd pay a little more attention to what was going on with her daughter). A tantalizing mystery, a blossoming romance, and an eerie ghost story, THROUGH HER EYES is well worth curling up with.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book which is why it didn't get a higher rating. I couldn't wait to finish it and find out what would happen in the end. Would Tansy choose to stay in the real world or would Henry suck her into his own world? On the other hand I did not really like Tansy all that much. I admired the care she took of her grandpa Dan but she was so judgmental of everyone around her that it grated on me. I know moving around is hard but to so meanly label people based on first impressions and yet be angry when others judge her and make fun of her based on initial impressions seems so hypocritical. I also found it pretty ridiculous that she went on one date with this Colin guy and then gets pissed off that her friend went on a date with her "almost boyfriend". Ummm, one date does not make for a boyfriend. Yes, I can see why she would be hurt but to then go on and on how artificial people are and how scarred she is and un-trusting of people's offer of friendship because of that incident seems so over blown. I had to keep reminding myself she's a teenager and that could account for some of this but it still bothered me.What kept me entranced was the story. I did find it creepy that she could see into this other world using her camera lense and I wish she had utilized that a little more instead of focusing so much on the crystal necklace. I think it fit in perfectly with the superstition about cameras being able to see into your soul or steal your soul. Henry's instability was perfectly played and I can see the dangerous attraction even though you really want to shake Tansy and Bell to run the other way. The ending wasn't what I really expected though. If you haven't read the book and don't want any spoilers stop here. Otherwise keep reading below to see my questions about the ending.I am not clear on Henry's motives in the end. It seemed like at first Tansy was in danger of being sucked into Henry's world and never be able to return to the real world. But in the end it turns out Henry really had good intentions and just wanted Grandpa Dan to know he was forgiven. If that was the case why the big deal of whether or not Tansy would disappear into Henry's world? Was she ever in danger? It just seems like she has this monumental decision to make and then all of a sudden she gets an epiphany of what Henry's purpose was and no longer felt this temptation to lose herself in his world. When I read that it fell flat for me. The author took this great suspense of what is Tansy going to do? Will Henry drag her into his world? Would she choose to stay in the real world? And then copped out of it by ending it with a "oh, Henry never meant Tansy harm. He just wanted her to deliver a message." I wanted some sort of show down between the two as she makes her choice.
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Through Her Eyes was a fantastically written story! The writing was easy and flowed and hooked me from page one. I loved the suspense and mystery weaved throughout. I was always on edge and couldn¿t stop reading to discover the next piece of the puzzle!Tansy Piper¿s mom, a famous horror author, moves their family (Tansy, her mom, and her Papa Dan) around often enough that Tansy has learned not to trust anyone and shields herself to any connections. Just when Tansy thought she¿s had the best friend ever, they up and move again. She struggles with leaving her friend behind, but her friend soon betrays her and Tansy realizes just why she shouldn¿t trust.I loved Tansy from the moment I met her. She had a quality about her that was real. Although she struggles with fitting in and getting along with the few kids in the tiny town of Cedar Canyon, Texas, she¿s seems to be content as long as she has the strange tokens from the past¿a pocket watch, a poetry journal, and a crystal¿that she found in the property¿s cellar.Tansy likes to take photographs and she discovers a `world¿ behind the lens of her camera and soon finds her self thrust into the mind and past life of Henry, a troubled teen who resided at the same house Tansy just moved into. She becomes determined to work out the puzzle and clear the rumors about what has been said about Henry and his death.There was also a couple more characters that I absolutely loved. Bethyl Ann, for one, is a Shakespeare freak and a genius. Bethyl Ann is just as determined to figure out what really happened with Henry and help Tansy figure out what¿s going on with her. Then there is Tate. Tate is kind of a hot and cold case that just gets off on the wrong foot, but Tansy can¿t help but to feel attracted to him and beats herself up for it.The romance was light and at times I thought it was a bit weird. I was definitely a fan of the love interest in Tansy¿s real life, though! Overall, you MUST read Through Her Eyes! Its a great story of sadness, anger, happiness, suspense, and finding out the truth no matter what.Review based on ARC copy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read this book yet, but i have read another book by this author: the shadow girl. That was an awesome book, and from the reviews, was set up very similar to this one. Im 13 years old and a total book nerd, and i think that jennifer archer is a great author, so this book should be good, and im ready recommending it to people about my age or older
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but i did not like the ending
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1 of the best books for gohst stories, breathe and crossroads r also really well writen good book
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JamieLynn1101 More than 1 year ago
i read this book and thought it to be "Exceptional". if your looking for a book to read to unravel a mystery and throw in a little romance on the way, this would be perfect for you! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, im 13 and love to read. I really recomend it
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I cnt wait to read this book
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Povi Rosa-Chavez More than 1 year ago
This book was intersting but at times very slow. What i really like about it though is that you really understand tansy and all that she goes through throughout this paranormal adventure.