Gallows Hill

Gallows Hill

eBook - 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Sarah doesn't believe in magic, but she thinks it's fun to pretend to be a psychic... until her startling visions of the future turn deadly. When Sarah Zoltanne moves from sunny California to a small town in Missouri, she feels like she'll never fit in. Her mother is dating a jerk, the kids at her school despise her, and she misses her old home. So when a popular boy asks her to tell fortunes at a school fair, she jumps at the chance. But soon her crystal ball begins to swirl with strange visions and her outlandish predictions start to come true with startling accuracy. Now Sarah must confront a community that not only mistrusts her, but also fears her strange powers. Gallows Hill is a spine-chilling thriller based on the story of the Salem witch trials. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Duncan, including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media Teen & Tween : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9781453263389
1453263381
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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duriandcannith
Jan 26, 2018

What started as a harmless fortune-telling gimmick leads to new-in-town Sarah being labeled a witch by her religious, conservative schoolmates. And now she's dreaming of the Salem Witch Trials. Something sinister is brewing in Pine Crest!

Rating:  ★★★☆☆ - liked it
Genre:  young adult fiction, ya horror, ya thriller, ya paranormal mystery
Pros:  fairly realistic characters, interesting premise, easy read
Cons:  slightly rushed in some parts

I think this book is best described as "thriller-lite". It would be a decent starter book for people wanting to try out the Thriller or Paranormal Mystery genres with something that won't be too scary or confusing.

Some of the paranormal explanations felt a bit rushed and info dump-y; aside from that it wasn't a bad story. I wouldn't say it's Duncan's best novel, but it's a decent easy read.

As fantastical as some of this book was, the part that stood out to me was the realistic portrayal of the insular, religious small town full of conservative bigots. At first glance, these characters might seem over-the-top, but I could almost mistake some of them for actual people I knew from my childhood.

I didn't enjoy the use of the g*psy slur or the negative stereotypes about Romani people that were voiced by one of the characters. It's actually a part of characterization not some preachy narration, so it wasn't too bad, but if that is a thing which upsets you, skip this one.

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chloe1ab
May 02, 2016

chloe1ab thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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