One Hundred Candles
by Mara Purnhagen
I picked up this book without realizing that it was the second book of the series. The story stood very well on it's own though. Seventeen year-old Charlotte Silver is adjusting to her new life to Charleston, South Carolina. Her parents are famous paranormal investigators. The rest of her family is fairly well fleshed out - her older sister Annalise is heading off to college, family friend Shane has been her parents cameraman for many years. Shane is dating Trish, the mother of Charlotte's long-time crush Noah. Dr. Zelden, a renowned demonologist, invites her family to investigate a supposedly haunted insane asylum. After a bizarre attack from Zelden's assistant Marcus, Charlotte wonders if there could be some truth to their paranormal claims, while her parents remain as skeptical as ever. I loved the smirks and eyerolling from Charlotte's family as they dubiously hear one supernatural claim after another. There is a hint of a love triangle between Charlotte, Noah, and high-school football player Harris. As the students at her new school begin playing a 100 candles game (over the course of several nights, a supposedly true ghost story must be told for each candle that is lit) more and more inexplicably strange and creepy things keep happening. It seems as if malevolent paranormal forces are slowly but surely closing in on Charlotte. This was a fast and fun read. I'm a big scaredy-cat, and this book had me on the edge of my seat without being too gory, which I really appreciated.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.