Since graduating college, Susannah Simon and her long time, previously deceased, boyfriend Jesse de Silva have become engaged and are planning their lives together. Suze has landed a job as a guidance counselor at her old high school. While there she discovers the ghost of a little girl haunting one of her students. If that weren’t enough, Paul Slater decides to intrude upon her happily ever after.
But what Paul has to tell her will send her down a rocky path that could tear apart everything she holds dear, including her relationship with Dr. Jesse de Silva. In the meantime, can she help the ghost of a child by solving her murder and helping her move on?
I read the Mediator series by Meg Cabot when I was in middle school. At the time, one of my closest friends and I were having a very nasty fight, the kind that lasts months rather than minutes. I fell in love with the series back then and it has become one of the few series that I have re-read over the years. When I heard that Meg Cabot was writing another book in the series, I was elated, and a little worried. What if the author completely reinvented the characters after all of these years? It had been twelve years after all.
The writing is very similar to the original six novel series, though perhaps a little older. Since the character is older, this makes sense. The vocabulary is ideal, though there is more Spanish in this novel than the others. Thankfully, they were, more or less, translated inside the book, since I was never very good at Spanish.
Suze Simon was the same character whom I grew to enjoy in the first books, just a little bit older. Her character and personality have grown and matured but there was no denying she was the same Suze Simon. As for Jesse, he seemed to change much more. Though I expected this because of his situation and all of the changes he had to go through between books six and seven. Paul Slater was also changed. He came across much more evil and manipulative than I remember him being in the sixth novel. I had hoped that he might change for the better over time, though I did not expect him to become an entirely different person.
As for the plotline, there were some areas that surprised me, for instance the details of the murdered child’s death, and the tactics that Suze utilized in order to get justice for the young girl. The story moves along at a decent pace and the action and mystery are similar to the other novels in the series. The ending made it possible for the author to either continue the series or leave off with this newest installment. I for one hope to see more Mediator novels in the future.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoyed the original six novels.
I bought my copy of this novel from bookoutlet.com and have permission from the publishers to use the cover artwork image above.
SIDE NOTE: I am very thankful that the publishers went with a cover artwork similar to that of the original series, especially since that cover artwork has since been updated.
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