Kat Preston has seen ghosts from the time she was a child. Well, she did, until she was taught by one of how to refuse to believe in them. This kept the ghosts away until she gets invited to Castle Creighton to investigate a curse on the family.
On their wedding night Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe disappear without a trace. Cassie's room was covered in blood, leaving most people to suspect that she was killed by Sebastian. But why, and where did he go after that tragic night?
Kat, and the team from her school, including her research partner Evan Kingsley start investigating before they leave for the remote Isle of Acacia. They begin to uncover the story of the grisly murder, the curse that befalls the first born son of each generation, and the hauntings in the castle.
Kat is repeatedly drawn to a mirror, and one night she, accompanied by Evan, is pulled into the mirror. Waking up 129 years in the past, just before the wedding, possessing the bodies of Toria and Alastair, two of the guests at the castle. Knowing they have a short time to solve the mystery of the disappearance, the curse, and try to get back to their bodies, the game is afoot!
There are a number of enjoyable plot twists, and the mystery was a complete surprise to me, I wasn't able to figure it out beforehand due to layers upon layers of obfuscation and intrigue. This was a well played novel from K.C. Tansley. It is the first in a new series, and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. This book was filled with mystery, time travel, curses, witchcraft, and a dash of romance.
Totally recommended for YA readers, about 8th grade and up. Adult readers will enjoy it as well though, but some of the teen drama may be unfamiliar. Those who like time travel, the paranormal, mystery, witchcraft, and light romance will enjoy this book. Four stars for the style, the characters, the story, and the execution of the plot. This is a great book.