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Book Review: A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb is an intense, meticulously written ghost story in which the ghosts do not haunt the living but are haunted themselves.

After being dead for many decades, Helen and James, unrelated spirits from different eras, find that they can inhabit the bodies of two troubled adolescents. Helen and James can’t recall much of their former lives, but they both feel great remorse. They’re sure they did something terrible; they just don’t know what it was. Once they have physical form again, these out-of-place souls have to deal with the families of the bodies they now are living in, the guilt they are still carrying and don’t understand, and their desire for each other.

A Certain Slant of Light was published as Young Adult fiction, though its main characters are clearly the adult spirits and not the teenage bodies they inhabit. It’s a book that has great crossover potential for adult readers.


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