Wednesday, October 28, 2009

-Review: Legacy Of Lies by Elizabeth Chandler


           My summary:
When Megan's grandmother whom she's never met suddenly writes her a brief note summoning her to come visit her home in Wisteria, she couldn't be more surprised--or curious. Although she's never been to the house, she immediately recognizes it when she arrives. She's had peculiar dreams about the exact same house ever since she was a little girl.

That's not the only strange thing--her "almost cousin" Matt acts like he hates her before they even speak, objects are being moved and misplaced around the house, and Megan's dreams are getting weirder and scarier.

She finds herself wondering why she was even invited in the first place, until secrets are discovered and lies are uncovered, and Megan will do whatever it takes to put the pieces together.

My first Elizabeth Chandler read has definitely left me wanting to read more of her work! This ghost story was put together perfectly. It's fast-paced but not fast enough to accidentally leave out significant details or descriptions.

Our main character in this book is Megan who can't, for the life of her, figure out why her Grandmother has commanded her to her home when she's never even met the woman. As far as relating to her as a character, I must first say really don't understand why she puts up with some of the rules and comments her Grandmother inflicts on her--I know, we're supposed to respect our elders and all that goodness, but it's not like she's being forced to stay there... if my Grandmother would have treated my with that kind of coldness I would've turned around and left the same day I got there! Maybe you could say I have issues with authority, maybe I just have a bad attitude, haha who knows? Either way I couldn't relate to Megan after that point in the story.

Regardless of her Grandmother's attitude, Megan can't help but let her curiosity get the best of her so she sticks around Wisteria, determined to find out exactly what's going on. She's especially interested after finding the grave of Avril, Grandmother's sister, who apparently died when she was Megan's age (coincidence?), almost exactly sixty years earlier.

As I got closer to the last pages, with still no ending in sight, I had to wonder if the author would be able to adequately sum up the book in only 30 short pages. While the concept of the ending turned out nicely (and completely unexpected!) I found it's events somewhat confusing and rushed. I think the ending could have been better explained and stretched out longer to fit those explanations.


There are many more things going on in the story but I don't want to give too much away, so I'll wrap this up by saying Legacy Of Lies was nicely pieced together. Even at 182 pages short, Chandler managed to leave nothing missing. It had me guessing what the heck was going on with this girl, which kept me hooked throughout the whole book. 

I definitely recommend this, especially to readers who enjoy paranormal/ghost stories.


Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds coool. Great review.

BTW I added your button to the bottom of my page :)

Andrea said...

That sounds pretty good. I'll have to check it out.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Wonderful review...thanks! ;)

Jen said...

What an interesting story! I'll see if I can find this one! Thanks hon!

Brenda Hyde said...

Sounds like a good book...some families the grandparents are like the head of the family and what they say goes. Mine isn't like that, but many are. That might be what the author of the book was used to. Weird, I know:)

I found you from Cym's blog. I'm glad I did!