“Gilda Joyce is a fourteen year old psychic investigator, or at least she thinks that she is. Gilda lives with her mother, and older brother. Gilda’s father’s death from cancer is what made Gilda want to communicate with the dead. All her classmates are doing amazing things over the summer, so Gilda writes a letter to a long lost cousin, Mr. Splinter, inviting herself over to his mansion in San Francisco for the summer. Summer, who works for Mr. Splinter, writes back to the letter, allowing Gilda to come to San Francisco, without Mr. Splinter knowing. Gilda arrives at the spooky mansion, and realizes that it is the perfect place for communicating with spirits. Especially since Mr. Splinter’s sister, Melanie committed suicide by jumping out of a tower at the Splinter mansion.
Gilda can’t wait to figure out what happened to Melanie, with the help of Mr. Splinter’s daughter, Juliet. Juliet is an exact replica of her aunt, with pale hair, and skin. Juliet thinks she has seen Melanie’s ghost, and so does the Splinter mansion’s housekeeper, Rosa. Rosa says that ghosts are everywhere in the Splinter mansion. Gilda and Juliet start searching for clues about Melanie’s death. Gilda thinks Mr. Splinter is a suspect, but Juliet refuses to accept the idea. Then, Gilda wakes up in the middle of the night, to find Juliet, asleep in a trance, talking to her dead aunt about “eyes on the ceiling”, and “inside the angel’s mouth”. When Gilda asked Juliet about it once she wakes up, Juliet remembers nothing. The cousins want t0 search the locked tower where the suicide took place, but do they really want to know what happened to Melanie?
The name of this book is Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator. It is written by Jennifer Allison. The genre of this book is mystery. The characteristics of mystery novels are that they show suspense, and rising action. I liked this book because there were good characters, and the main character, Gilda had a great sense of humor, that was showed throughout the book. I would recommend this book to girls ages eleven and up. I would also recommend this book to people who like books about ghosts, but do not like scary books.”
Sarah S wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013.