Suspense Sunday #9 + Review: The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

Today I have a special Suspense Sunday! Usually I post a selection that I’ve read from my library with a description. Today I actually have a review for you!
In preparation for my interview with the awesome Chris Grabenstein tomorrow, here is my review of The Crossroads!
ZACK, HIS DAD, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights.
Award-winning thriller author Chris Grabenstein fills his first book for younger readers with the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made him a fast favorite with adults.
When 11 yr. old Zack Jennings moves with his father and new stepmom, Judy,  from New York to Connecticut, he hopes this will be a new start. He’s always felt partially responsible for his mother’s death from cancer, and leaving the home where she died is a relief from the constant reminder of how unhappy she was, and how much she blamed that unhappiness on Zack.
Everything seems wonderful upon arrival in Connecticut. After all, they have a beautiful new house, a big yard, and even a new dog! What could be better? Zack realizes soon that the huge, old, gnarled tree on their property holds a terrifying secret; a secret that could threaten his entire family!
This was such a fun book, and a fascinating mystery! Ghosts soon start popping up everywhere Zack looks, the scary old lady that’s built a shrine on that gnarled, old tree is carrying a 50 year old secret, and she’s not about to let anyone get in the way of her diabolical plans!
The Crossroads won the Agatha Award  and it’s well deserved. If you haven’t discovered the super talented Chris Grabenstein, what are you waiting for? Keep an eye out for my reviews of the next two books in the Haunted Mystery series, Hanging Hill and The Smoky Corridor, featuring Zack, Judy, and their adorable Jack Russell terrier, Zipper!
Mom’s Note: I highly recommend this series for reluctant readers! It’s a smart, witty, and fun series that will engage kids of ALL ages!


One Comment:

  1. Great review! I'm reviewing MG too. I'll add this to my wishlist! Sounds so much fun! 🙂

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