The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead

Being the big fan of spirits, ghosts, and anything else that goes bump in the night, I was really excited to read THE GIRL WHO WOULD SPEAK FOR THE DEAD by Paul Elwork. Elwork does a fantastic job of taking a subject that I was pretty familiar with, but giving it much more depth and a much richer back story than I’m familiar with.

“Spirit Knocking” is the subject of The Girl Who Would Speak For The Dead, and the main character is 13 year old Emily. The year is 1925, and Emily and her twin brother Michael have lost their father in the war. The twins have just celebrated their 13th birthday, and Emily discovers that she has a hidden talent.

She can make her ankle “knock” on queue, and when Michael finds out, he decides to use this to make the summer a little more interesting. Emily and Michael start to tell the children in the neighborhood that Emily can communicate with spirits, and that the knocking from her ankle (which the children can’t see) are the spirits speaking through Emily.

The story is very reminiscent of the Fox sisters, who pretty much did the same thing back in the 1800s.

What I loved about The Girl Who Would Speak For The Dead was that near the end of the novel, Emily realizes that she has a lot of the town depending on her to talk to their dead loved ones. She starts to feel a little guilty (especially after some some not so great things happen to her friends), and decideds to tell everyone the truth.

What happens, I feel, is very true to life. The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead is a great read, it only took me a few days to get through the story. While at times it was a little hard to follow the flashbacks (mainly because I think I’m a little slow), overall the story was great.

If you like the history and a ghost story (that isn’t really scary), I would highly recommend The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam | Pages: 320 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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