By Kate Ellison
I really don't like romances. I never have. I also don't like mysteries. I especially don't like murder mysteries. This is exactly what Notes from Ghost Town is. It is a romantic murder mystery. A girl, Liv (Olivia), falls in love with Stern, her best friend. Stern kisses her, says its a mistake, and leaves. Liv goes colorblind and then goes back to art school. She decides she is going to call Stern in two weeks. But, he is dead in one week and her schizophrenic mom is in jail for it. Her mom is planning on pleading insanity. That is how that book starts. Then it goes into her teenage life. The normal 'no one understands' and 'I pity myself' goes on for a while. Until finally, something happens. There is about one week left before Liv's mom's final sentencing when Stern comes to Liv as a Ghost and says her mom is innocent. That's when it picks up. The story goes on from there and Liv works to solve Stern's murder. Once she started actually doing things in relation to Stern's murder it ended up quite good.
I found that this book was actually really good. I was impressed, because I don't generally like mysteries or romances. I went into the book hating it and came out pleased. Although one regret was that the murderer was predictable. Even though Liv did a lot of stupid stuff in the book she didn't miss a lot. The murderer wasn't staring her in the face even though it was predictable from outside the book. The cover was also horrible. I found the cover to be revolting. I hoped that I would understand why there was a dead girl on the cover when I finished reading it but I still don't know why. I have said quite a lot of bad stuff about this book even though I think it is quite good. The best part of the book was the plot. The time restraint made it better because you knew that it wouldn't go on forever and it put pressure on Liv. I also thought it was well paced. I also enjoyed her color blindness. I think this added to her despair in a more real way than the pain that she tries to describe. I'm not sure was food this is but what I would do if you want a food is to think of a food you hate. Absolutely hate. Then once you start eating it the texture is awful and you don't think you can take another bite when surprisingly it starts to taste good. It gets an interesting flavor until finally you start liking it. Another unfortunate problem with the book was the ending. It ended too fast. The whole book was drawn out at a good pace and then BAM, it was over. I would give this book a 3.5. It was surprisingly good but did have shortcomings.