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Try as she might, Lily Lane can’t remember what happened that fateful night she was left to die on the lake. It’s important that she does. Lily needs to discover the truth surrounding her death and move on from this stage of existence. If she doesn’t solve the mystery in time, more people could die… As Lily pieces together her last steps, she manages to make a strange psychic connection to Rose, a reporter with a secret of her own. With the help of Rose and Jeremy, the best friend Lily left behind, this ghost will solve the mystery that haunts them all.

Lake Girl by Cynthia Kumanchik gets off to a strong start when the protagonist of the story is killed off rather quickly. Lily works at a local place called the Shorebird where locals and tourists alike hang out. Lily has other things than work on her mind though, and goes down to the water to meet someone. Instead of meeting her dream crush of a man, she dies. When she dies, she seems to enter a limbo land, suspended above the day to day action of her town. This is fascinating to watch, and this is how we learn more about her character. This is a YA novel that is effectively written in language that is both down to earth and engaging. Lily is a strongly written character, and her mother Rose, whom Lily has never known, is now looking into her daughter's death. As an investigative reporter she now has a personal connection to the mysteries that are taking place in the lakeside community of Lakeview Shores. Well written with an easy flow and suspenseful story, this novel will please young adult readers with it's good plot and solid characters.