"I was sixteen the first time my grandmother died. . . ."
Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that's been in her family for three centuries. She's never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she's never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for the lost diamonds in its walls. But after her grandmother passes away, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds--and the House comes alive. She discovers that she can see visions of the House's past, like the eighteenth-century sea captain who hid the jewels, or the glamorous great-grandmother driven mad by grief. Sarah grows closer to both Jackson and a young man named Richard Hathaway, whose family histories are each deeply entwined with her own. But when her ghostly visions start to threaten the person she holds most dear, Sarah must do everything she can to get to the bottom of the House's secrets, and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever.
I loved the history behind the house and the idea that a home can hold the secrets of generations. Amber House is all about family and how one belongs to all the memories a family can hold throughout the generations.
Although written by three different authors, the story is seamlessly put together. Each story element fits with the next. Sarah is a strong character, which I find refreshing, yet not without her own flaws. The story brings out the explorer in the reader. I loved reading the book and trying to find things and figure out the meaning behind everything.
Recommended to fans of mysteries and historical fiction. Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy.
349 Pages Finished 1-8-13
Main Characters - Sarah, Jackson, & Sam
Part 1 of 3 Book 2 - Neverwas
Great paranoralish novel! Like nothing I've ever read, deliciously creepy in some places.
After going to her grandmother's funeral Sarah meets Jackson and they become friends while checking out her families ancestral home called Amber House. Her brother Sam has Autism. Her parents are in the process of a divorce. She discovers an ability to "see" the past lives of the women that lived in Amber House. It has a amazing twist that I wouldn't spoil for anyone reading this for the wide world!
I HIGHLY recommend this book!!