Release Date: 29th May 2017.
Publisher: Text Publishing Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Cover Rating: Has me intrigued.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
EVERYONE knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a
bit mad. She’s a prankster and a risk-taker, and she’s not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe.
That night she experiences something she can’t explain. The funny girl isn’t laughing anymore. She’s haunted
by voices and visions—but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf.
As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery
surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can
no longer tell what’s real or imagined—all she knows is
the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price.
Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?
Warning: Do not read this at night. It was so creepy.
Vikki Wakefield has a way of writing characters that get under your skin. Grace Foley certainly has something under her skin. She lost her mother two years ago in an accident. She is reckless and known for pulling crazy pranks and stunts. But during one of the crazy stunts she loses the plot, but this time no one is laughing, especially grace.
As things get weirder, Grace’s friends pull away and she is left on her own to work out if she is going insane.
Everyone in town knows the story of Hannah Holt, the girl that went missing twenty years ago, supposedly murdered by her neighbour William Dean, and now Grace is convinced she is being haunted by her.
She realises the only way she is going to be free of Hannah Holt, is if she solves her murder, and sets out to do just that.
Grace is the girl who cried wolf, and her friends don’t believe her when she tries to tell them what is happening to her. They think she has finally gone too far and don’t want to be pulled into her schemes.
Grace’s mother was mad and Grace is worried she is ending up like her.
She is losing grip on reality while trying to solve a murder mystery, juggle year twelve, and find out if her mother’s accident was really an accident. All while losing the friends she thought she could count on. She feels alone in the world. On the edge. Gummer, who likes to sleep on her couch, eat her food and get stoned all the time, is the only one not willing to give up on her just yet. But not even he can believe her story.
If she wants to get rid of her ghosts, she’ll have to do it on her own.
Ballad For A Mad Girl was a spine-tingling, engrossing read. Grace was a vivid character that jumped off the page. Her pain was palpable and her unravelling was depicted so realistically.
Both unsettling and thrilling, this book will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the end. Vikki Wakefield has delivered another outstanding book. It is a must read.
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