Synopsis: When Glennon McCue moves into a lighthouse on a mysterious island not found on any maps, he must figure out why those who visit are never heard from again before he and his family fall victim to the island’s curse.
When Glennon McCue_’s father takes an overseas position, Glennon finds himself relocated from Minneapolis to his Uncle’s light house on Isle Philipeaux, smack dab in the middle of Lake Superior surrounded by nothing but black, ominous waters. The place is frightening and becomes even more so when a storm rocks the island and a ship wrecks outside the lighthouse. Even worse, the survivors are terrified to learn they’ve washed up on the phantom isle.
There are many stories about Isle Philipeaux; sailors wash ashore…and are never seen again.
Suddenly, Glennon finds himself in the middle of a real-life ghost story, and unless he can figure out the mystery of the island… he and his family will be lost forever, too.
Release Date: 3rd May 2022
Genres: Middle Grade, Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Family, Teen,
Thank you so much to Sourcebooks and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Review: Glennon, his mom and sister Lee have moved to stay with their uncle on a really tiny island but as a shipwreck happens Glennon starts seeing things and the island becomes creepier add in his intrusive thoughts of all the detrimental things his father has told him and he feels he’s going insane.
This was really not what I thought it was going to be at all, i didn’t enjoy this book at all. I’m sad to say that because it sounded really good to me, it has three elements I love a small island, lighthouses and horror/creepiness. It just wasn’t a story for me which is okay as someone else is going to love this book.
I found I didn’t like any of the characters and that is literally the thing that makes it hard for me to sink into a story. They all sounded so very immature in comparison to ages they they were depicted as within the story. She did include some character progression in the story though as Glennon eventually figures out what was really happening behind the closed doors with his family.
I also personally found the writing style to be really hard to get into and it was really not easy for me to wrap my head around, not sure why but it’s just how it was for me.
I will say that the author has done a good job, she did create this really creepy small haunting island atmosphere, came up with a really creative storyline that I hadn’t really seen be done before. I can definitely see others reading this and being on the edge of their seats and wanting desperately to know more and having such a thrill reading this book.
So just because this was not a book I personally could sink into and enjoy, really doesn’t mean that you won’t. That’s the greatest thing about books, there will always be people out there that will love them and some that don’t.
About Author: Juliana Brandt is an author and kindergarten teacher with a passion for storytelling that guides her in both of her jobs. She lives in her childhood home of Minnesota, and her writing is heavily influenced by travels around the country and decade living in the South. When not working, she is usually exploring the great outdoors. Her debut novel, THE WOLF OF CAPE FEN, was published April 7, 2020 by SourcebooksKids.