Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it’s begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.
Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny’s past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.
It’s so hard to review this book and not give anything away. This is a romance story that is so closely tied to a murder. I thought there were going to be ghosts involved, but there’s a twist (which I can’t tell you) so it’s not your typical “someone got murdered and now the ghost is haunting everyone until the murder is solved” story. Not at all. The twists don’t stop coming as Lange and Vaughn work together to investigate the murders that took place in Lange’s barn. And the deeper they dig, the more danger they find themselves in.
I loved the dynamic between Lange and Vaughn and when you find out the secret that links them, it just makes it that much better. I did figure out parts of the murder before Lange and Vaughn, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me from figuring everything out, and I didn’t expect the final twist at the end.
If you enjoy a good murder mystery and a love story, then definitely check out Second Verse.