Ghosts of Bliss Bayou by Jack Massa was a very enjoyable book.It’s the story of a young teenager in NJ, who seems to have some psychological “issues”. Her natural father had passed away, and her mother had remarried. She gets along well with her new father, so that is not the issue.
School has ended, and summer vacation is beginning. Her mother informs her that they will be going to London for a few weeks. Abby was to stay with her step dad’s sister and daughters for the three weeks her mom and step dad will be away. She really doesn’t want to, and ultimately gets her mother to agree to let her go visit her Grandmother in Florida instead.
She arrives in Harmony Springs Florida, and THAT is where everything begins to happen. She soon meets a girl about her age named Molly. Molly has a blog. Molly is also the daughter of the police chief in town. One night, Abby and her Grandmother hear police sirens. They stop at the neighbors’ house. Grandma and Abby go to make sure their neighbors are ok. It seems a dark figure was lurking in the back yard, and the husband (armed with his shotgun) came out to see who it was. The police investigate, but find no tracks or any evidence at all. Abby discovers something, though. She discovers that the young man wearing the police uniform with no gun is the son of the police chief – Molly’s brother.
Strange and eerie things begin to happen, as Abby joins a magic cult, and finds out that a developer is trying to purchase the houses in Harmony Springs to develop the area. Some of the townspeople want this, and some don’t.
Abby meets a realtor, who used to be good friends with her mother. It turns out that the realtor is renovating a home on Bliss Bayou that has been in her family for generations. She is also head of a group called “Save Harmony Springs” and goes head-to-head with the developer at a town hall meeting. At the end of the meeting, Abby is waiting to speak with the realtor, when she notices a ghostly image of a woman in a long dress staring at the realtor. Abby get the terrible feeling the apparition means harm to the realtor. Abby had seen this figure before – in her bedroom at home, in NJ.
Things begin to heat up, when Abby confides in her new friend, Molly, about the “visions” she’s been having – involving several ghostly figures. Molly starts a paranormal blog, and the two – Abby and Molly – decide to investigate the home the realtor is renovating. They go to the attic, and Abby realizes something is not right there. The realtor catches them, and becomes very angry that they were in the attic.The story has a few twists and turns, and actually doesn’t end the way I thought it was going to.
That’s all I’m going to tell you about the story. Am I leaving stuff out? Yes! I’m actually leaving out a lot! Only because this is a book that I think you should read. I found it to be very entertaining, and I will be looking for other work by Mr. Massa. If you would like to check it out, you can go here.
I rate this book 5 Stars!