Ballad For A Mad Girl by Vicki Wakefield
This is Australian author, Vicki Wakefield’s fourth YA book and I couldn’t put it down.
Set in the small, rural town of Swanston (nicknamed Swamp Town), we meet seventeen-year-old Grace Foley who is suffering from the loss of her mother two years ago in an accident and a strained relationship with her dad and brother.
She is reckless and known for pulling crazy pranks and stunts, but after attempting to break a town record on crossing a pipe over a ravine she becomes the centre of a supernatural plot that involves the death of a girl over twenty years earlier.
This book is about the living, the dead and the long journey of grief. It is about knowing what’s real and what’s not, and knowing the difference between what’s in your mind and the supernatural. It will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the end.
Beautifully written, chilling, scary and atmospheric, this is a murder mystery story with heart, horror, and hope.
An outstanding book. It is a must read.