Melissa is just an average thirteen year old with a semi average life until she moves into an eighteenth century farmhouse. There she discovers that the house is haunted by two ghosts - one good and one evil. With the help of her stepsister, they unravel an age-old mystery and solve an unsolvable crime; one that was never intended to be solved. Many evil hauntings attempt to prevent the girls from discovering the truth. It's a race against time and a battle of wits to see which will prevail - the living or the dead.
I was awakened from a deep sleep, by the sound of walking in the attic. I laid there, wondering if I was dreaming, listening to the steady clomping above me as the footsteps repeatedly went from one side of the house to the other, and thinking of all the things Josh had said to me. It was William. That much was clear and as far as I was concerned, his constant vigil to irritate me was quickly coming to an end. He made me look like a fool one too many times and I was going to put up with his nightly disturbances any longer. I wasn't easily defeated and unfortunately I was very hard headed. It was dark and quiet upstairs as I stepped out into the hallway. The wood floor was cold on my bare feet and I welcomed it. It reminded me I was awake and alive and doing something I really had no business doing. The only light to guide me came from the pole-light shining in the hallway window. The walking sounds were very loud and sounded angry, but I continued to slowly pad down the long stretch of hallway that lead to the attic door.
Rick Mohr Reviews (5/10/2003)
Talk about having the weight of the world on your shoulders. As if it's not bad enough being 13 years old, having just moved into a new house with a mom recently remarried, and adjusting to having a new stepsister. Add to that, strange noises coming from the attic. Sounds of walking, things being shuffled around, all in a room that is supposed to be deserted. And the feeling of being watched constantly, even when there is no one around. This is where Melissa finds herself, and about to enter an adventure that would scare away even the hardiest of adults. It seems that there are two ghosts in residence in her new home.
One is Josh, a friendly spirit wandering freely about the house. He was the son of one of the servants that once lived there who wants the truth to be known about how he died. The other is William, a nasty malevolent apparition who, thankfully, is confined to the attic-for now. He wants out and makes no qualms about his desires for being free of his confinement. It's up to Melissa to reveal the truth of Josh's demise so he can rest in peace, and find a way to make sure that William stays confined.
In her second novel, author TJ Perkins has managed to create a story that captivates and compels the reader into the adventures of Melissa and her stepsister Becky as they try to unravel the mystery. Her writing is clear, crisp and written with such genuine care for the subject and the characters that you can't help but be drawn in. I found that with my own child, it kept her interested, and was not a chore for her to finish; she enjoyed it from cover to cover, as did I.
Add to this that the author writes from her own experiences when she was 13, and this makes for a gripping tale that is near to impossible to put down once you start. I hope there are more books to come from the mind of TJ Perkins, and I for one, will be reading them as quick as I can get my hands on them.
Cassandra, Baltimore, MD(11/26/2003
This is the best mystery book of the century. It's a book for all ages to enjoy. Just when you think that everything is o.k. it's something else. Great book, I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. Awesome!!!
Old Fashioned Suspense
Round Table Reviews 12-1-03
Thirteen-year-old Melissa’s mom remarries, and their house isn’t big enough for Melissa’s new stepdad and his daughter, Becky. Melissa doesn’t mind moving, really. She and her mom have moved plenty of times. What is different for Melissa is that this time they are sharing the ancient farmhouse. And it’s not just Dad and Becky that she’s got to get used to. She’s certain there is something, someone, in the attic.
Melissa bonds with her new stepsister as they try to unravel and amend the secrets that the home has held for centuries. The haunting only occurs when the girls are alone, so they are forced to fight the evil without help from their skeptical parents. However, the spirit of a kind young man comes to their aid, in the hope that by righting past wrongs he will be released to, at long last, rest in peace.
Reminiscent of Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys, MYSTERY OF THE ATTIC will captivate young readers and their parents alike. This book gives validation to every child whose Mom has ever uttered, "Nobody’s on the roof, honey, it’s just the wind blowing in the trees." And although this novel has a gratifying conclusion, I anxiously await its sequel. TJ Perkins is an author to watch.
If you don't read Tj Perkins books you will be missing an enjoyment in reading. This is a very good story for children and adults also. While reading Mystery of the Attic I forgot it was a childrens story and simply enjoyed reading it. It entertains from the beginning to the end. I recommend this wonderful non violent book to anyones library. GEMorrison
Reviewed by: Susan Johnson
Website: All About Murder
Rating: 4 Daggers
Melissa is a thirteen year old girl who has grown quite accustomed to moving from home to home. From a young age her family has moved at least once a year. Her parents fought a lot and her parents finally divorced.
Now Melissa has a new step sister named Becky as her mother has remarried. They have moved once again, this time into a big eighteenth century farmhouse.
Almost immediately the trouble starts, it appears the house is haunted not by one but two ghosts. One ghost is friendly the other appears quite evil.
Can Melissa and Becky solve the mystery of the ghosts or will the evil of the two prevent the girls from discovering the truth? Will the good ghost help them or the evil ghosts force them away?
TJ Perkins is a wonderful writer for young readers. Heck, this older reader enjoyed the tale. It reminded me of the Nancy Drew and Happy Hollister books I loved so much as a child. The mystery was well carried out and the developing bond between the stepsisters was handled well.