Seeing Things: Sonora Taylor
Reviewed By Miranda Crites
“Seeing Things” is the second book I’ve read by Sonora Taylor. My first experience with Sonora’s writing was either “Little Paranoias” or a short story or two that had been published online. I love Sonora’s short stories, so I was really excited to dive into her new book.
“Seeing Things” felt different than any of Sonora’s other work, and that’s okay. How boring would life be if we could only write one way!?
“One thing Abby learned about growing up was that there was a lot of blood involved.”
Thirteen-year-old Abby finds blood in the hallway at school, coming from a locker. Upon further inspection, she finds a dead girl – a ghost – inside. The worst part? No one will believe her.
Could there be anything worse than being thirteen and freaking out at school in front of your peers who can’t see the blood or the ghost?
There are secrets and ghost stories, but no one wants to talk, and the ghosts sure aren’t talking…
Abby goes to visit her troubled uncle during the summer. It turns out she has more in common with Uncle Keith than she realized, and she hasn’t been able to run away from the trouble – the visions – at home.
Finally, Abby’s parents arrive to bring her home, and all hell breaks loose.
This is a good summertime ghost story – a quick and fun coming-of-age horror story with a heart-breaking revelation at the end.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Sonora!
Abby Gillman has discovered that with growing up, there comes a lot of blood. But nothing prepares her for the trail of blood she sees in the hallway after class – or the ghost she finds crammed inside an abandoned locker.
No one believes Abby, of course. She’s only seeing things. As much as Abby wants to be believed, what she wants more is to know why she can suddenly see the dead. Unfortunately, they won’t tell her. In fact, none of them will speak to her. At all.
Abby leaves for her annual summer visit to her uncle’s house with tons of questions. The visit will give her answers the ghosts won’t – but she may not like what she finds out.
Miranda Crites is a reader, writer, book reviewer, photographer, and lover of horror from the ghostly woods of rural West Virginia.
The writing bug bit Miranda at a very early age. She was pretty much born with a pen and a camera in her hands. She won the young writers’ contest in first grade and received her first camera as a gift when she was nine years old.
When not writing, Miranda enjoys spending time with her family. She and her family spend a lot of time off the grid where they are building a cabin in the supposedly haunted woods.
Miranda is self-employed. She and her husband create large and small vinyl decals, t-shirts, signs, and a plethora of creative customized items.
Some of her many hobbies when time allows are: making unique crafts and artwork, painting, hiking, and, of course, photography.
She has a diploma for Writing for Children and Teenagers although most of her current work is horror fiction and poetry.
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