Dark Secrets by Elizabeth Chandler
This book contains 2 novellas about two girls who are haunted by the past and destined to relive it. Legacy of Lies deals with Megan who is bundled of to stay with an uptight Grandmother she has nothing to do with in the ancestral home, where strange things begin to happen. Megan finds herself dealing with the secret past of her Grandmother’s sister and her lover. A past littered with dark mysterious and a mysterious death.
Don’t Tell sees Lauren returning to the place where her mother drowned seven years before in an atempt to deal with her demons, only to find even more demons and mysteries waiting for her as as series of events seems to mimic the days leading up to her mother’s death.
In each story the characters are very sympathetic, trying to deal with their issues and the ghosts if past events and lives as best they can. The families in each story are largely disfunctional, but then most families are these days! And of course there is the obligatory romantic interest!
I enjoyed these stories and am interested in reading more of Elizabeth Chandlers work!
The Glass Demon by Helen Grant
Lin Fox has a very unusual home life. Her father is a University Professor, her relationship with her mother is not really explored until the last pages of the book, her sister is either anorexic or bolemic and her baby brother gets looked after largely by his oldest sister.
Dr Oliver Fox is a charasmatic Professor of Medieval Studies, who drags his family off to Germany for a year in search of the Allerheiligen Glass, even though Lin is the only one in the family with even a smattering of German, and she is abou tot start her O levels. On the way to their new home, they discover and fail to report a body and things go seriously downhill from there as a series of deaths and attacks occur, each marked by shards of broken glass.
The Allerheiligen Glass are rumoured to be haunted by a demon and given the bizarre events of the book, I could almost believe it was true!
The main character, Lin is reasonably likeable, but tends to be very self absorbed (even for a teenager), headstrong and sarcastic. There are several possible bad guys, lots of drama and histrionics and not a lot of sensible parenting! Reasonably enjoyable… but not as gripping as I had hoped!