Review: Through Her Eyes
Tansy Piper’s mother writes horror novels, and each must be written in the place in which it is set. Tansy is a reluctant nomad, forced around the country according to her mother’s writing needs. Her newest home is in a small Texas town where her grandfather grew up. Lucky for her mother, the house they are renting is said to be haunted. One couldn’t ask for a better setting in which to place a scary story. Unfortunately for Tansy, the ghost seems to have its eyes on her.
Though she has a rough time adjusting in her new school, Tansy befriends an awkward younger student who speaks in Shakespearean verse, and she slowly warms up to a hot jock with a passion for poetry. When she is alone at home, though, Tansy finds an old journal, watch, and crystal that belonged to Henry, the boy who allegedly haunts the place. It is said that he killed himself around the time Tansy’s grandfather lived in the town, but there seems to be more to the mystery that is left unspoken. Henry has a message for Tansy and her grandfather, and he won’t leave her alone until he gets it across. At first, Tansy is able to see and hear things that aren’t real, especially when looking through the lens of her camera. Later on, she finds herself pulled back in time, inhabiting the body of Isabel, one of Henry’s friends. When she begins to have difficulty separating her own life from Isabel’s, Tansy isn’t sure if she can confide in her new friends. What if they think she’s crazy? Worse yet, what if she really *is* crazy?
Jennifer Archer’s Through Her Eyes is a spine-chilling book sure to put you on edge. Tansy’s own uncertainties about her mental health will keep you guessing whether this is a ghost story or a tale of an outsider slowly losing her grip on reality. The beauty of this book can often be found in its minutia, including the charming side characters, realistic setting, and recurring symbols that inhabit the pages. Above all, though, it is the plotting and pacing that made this book hard for me to put down, and even harder for me to keep reading on a (truly) dark and stormy night.
Fans of paranormal fiction with a touch of the historical, like Sarah Smith’s The Other Side of Dark, or of contemporary fiction set in podunk Texas towns, like Gwendolyn Heasley’s Where I Belong, are likely to enjoy the combination of both in Through Her Eyes. If you are interested in reading Through Her Eyes, I have a signed ARC to give away to one lucky commenter. Please read the details below before entering the giveaway.
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