What worked: I'm a huge fan of genealogy and those who search for their ancestors. Sobel does a good job showing how April searches for the truth of her connection to a mysterious photo of a woman. The roadblocks some in a family place on admitting some family secrets rang very true considering I personally had a similar experience while doing my own genealogy.
The city of New Orleans is a character too. Sobel shows the city in vivid colors including the ravages of Hurricane Katrina that still affect the people to this day.
What I did have issues with had to how the dialogue at times felt like passages right out of Wikipedia. I got that Miles was a haunted tour guide and was trying to show off his knowledge of the city to April but those interactions went on a tad bit too long.
Though the story had tension with April making a reckless choice, it felt as if the problem was resolved too quickly. I almost wanted more tension and suspense. This is where I thought the blurb was a little misleading. I expected more conflict but that's just my opinion.
What does work is a teen's quest to find the truth behind her heritage, even if that means coming across some that want to forget the past. April's search leads her to paths she never knew she'd go on.
Determined teen searching for the truth of her heritage while coming to grips with the pain of loss.