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Received free from Hatchette Children’s books with no obligation to review!
“The yard of this house is a graveyard of moments and everything left behind is a clue. And I am here to dig.”
There’s a ghost haunting 208 Water Street. She doesn’t know who she was, or why she’s still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends – beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her.
But the ghost isn’t all that’s lurking in Gill Creek… Someone is killing young girls all across the county. Can the ghost keep these three friends safe? Or does she have another purpose?
This is my first experience reading a book by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I’m glad that I’ve heard some amazing things about her other books as I wasn’t that impressed by The Moment Collector. That’s not to say it’s a bad book. It’s not. The writing is beautiful, but I felt the story itself was slow (despite the fact that it’s a short book) and incredibly confusing.
The Moment Collector is stuck between three genres, it almost reads like a contemporary read but that it has a paranormal edge, but I’ve also seen it described as fantasy. It’s a ghost story, but then it’s not. It’s so hard to describe! The Moment Collector is about a girl named Maggie who moves to a remote neighbourhood with her parents. However, her new neighbourhood is surrounded by mystery as killings are occurring.
The characters were interesting. Maggie, our main character, can only be described as a nice, polite girl. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s good to read about nice characters. I just wonder if she’ll bore many readers. There’s nothing overly exciting about her. I did like her relationship with her parents. She was always polite to them and seemed to have solid relationship with them. Her parents were present (which isn’t that common in YA) and they seemed to really care about her. I also liked that Maggie was home-schooled and intelligent. She was worried about raising enough money to go to college. She just seemed like a very relatable character. Liam and Pauline are some stand out characters. They make some interesting choices…
The Moment Collector does have a murder mystery. I think it was this element of the story that really perked up the story for me. I was intrigued and wished for a bit more information around the murders. The ending is such a twist and so confusing. I can’t really speak about it without ruining it for others, but it certainly made me think and puzzle over what I had just read!
Would I recommend it?
Yes!- it’s worth giving it a go!