Gallows Hill

Gallows Hill

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When seventeen-year-old Sarah works in the fortune-telling booth at a school carnival, she finds that sometimes she can really see the future in the crystal ball, a talent that disturbs some of the other students and makes them suspect her of being a witch.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9781453263389
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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duriandcannith
Jan 26, 2018

What started as a harmless fortune-telling gimmick leads to new-in-town Sarah being labeled a witch by her religious, conservative schoolmates. And now she's dreaming of the Salem Witch Trials. Something sinister is brewing in Pine Crest!

Rating:  ★★★☆☆ - liked it
Genre:  young adult fiction, ya horror, ya thriller, ya paranormal mystery
Pros:  fairly realistic characters, interesting premise, easy read
Cons:  slightly rushed in some parts

I think this book is best described as "thriller-lite". It would be a decent starter book for people wanting to try out the Thriller or Paranormal Mystery genres with something that won't be too scary or confusing.

Some of the paranormal explanations felt a bit rushed and info dump-y; aside from that it wasn't a bad story. I wouldn't say it's Duncan's best novel, but it's a decent easy read.

As fantastical as some of this book was, the part that stood out to me was the realistic portrayal of the insular, religious small town full of conservative bigots. At first glance, these characters might seem over-the-top, but I could almost mistake some of them for actual people I knew from my childhood.

I didn't enjoy the use of the g*psy slur or the negative stereotypes about Romani people that were voiced by one of the characters. It's actually a part of characterization not some preachy narration, so it wasn't too bad, but if that is a thing which upsets you, skip this one.

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chloe1ab
May 02, 2016

chloe1ab thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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