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The Wraith by Arielle Strauss

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Description: Ophelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living. Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder?

 

Review: I enjoyed this. The concept is much different from the usual ghost story. Generally ghost stories have a ghost that can’t be seen or heard very much. This ghost is corporeal, when she wants to be.  Without spoiling too much, Ophelia had a rough go of it. Her death definitely wasn’t an easy one. It’s interesting to watch her come to terms with the fact that she’s really dead and trying to figure out who killed her. The story does touch on some realistic issues with obsession, stalking, and the very rough issue of rape and of course, murder. Of course, Ophelia also has other conflicts to deal with, such as her growing attraction to a female friend and her best friend, a male, trying to accept her for what she is and not seek out revenge. All in all, a very, very different and entertaining take on a ghost story and I would love to read more.

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