Review of The Curse

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In book two of the Seacliff High Mystery series, we find Alyson Prescott and her friends helping to prepare for the annual Haunted Hayride.  After two teens go missing, Alyson does not know if they ran away or met with foul play.  Beside the young adults missing, the props and decorations for the hay ride go missing.  Alyson does not know what is going on but she knows that something is not right.  Her and her friends want to try to figure out what has happened but it will not be an easy mystery to solve.

Kathi Daley continues to impress me with her character development.  She creates characters that you cannot help but like and want to learn more about.  They all seem realistic and three dimensional and in the second book you could see how they are growing.   In this book, we learn a little bit more about the circumstances that led to Alyson and her mother being placed in the Witness Protection Program.  We begin to see how it is taking a toll on both of them and how Alyson wishes for a normal life, one without lies and deception.

The mystery of where the missing teens are and who took them continues throughout the entire book.  There were twists and turns and many clues to figure out.  I enjoy that in a mystery book.  There is also a touch of paranormal in this book and I really enjoyed that aspect.  It was an unexpected surprise and added a lot to the story.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing.  Whether I was reading about the town or the school or the hayride, I felt like I was right there, involved in all the action.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick, easy read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted mystery cozy.  This book is a great read for young and old alike.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  And if you have not read any of Kathi Daley’s books, do yourself a favor and start reading them soon.  You will not be disappointed.

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