The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
The story is about Hannah and her coming to terms with the fact that her best friend is dead. Her best friend is a ghost that haunts her. Not is a creepy way, but an annoying, bird on the shoulder, way. She is trying to deal with that and get her life back on track. However, she is struggling with figuring out what her new way of life will be. The city she lives in is also experiencing record heat and all of the kids are getting restless. Meanwhile a killer is on the loose, killing young girls. The city is in a panic and Hannah needs to use her gift of talking to ghosts to solve who is doing it.
I really enjoyed the writing style and I felt the story went at a really good pace. I liked following along with Hannah and her relationships. That includes her friends, family, and a love interest. The book included a lot of mystery surrounding the murders and I didn’t guess who did it until the end. The novel is light and a very easy read. If you are looking for something that is light, but not too light, this would be a good choice.
I have never read any other novels by Brenna Yovanoff and I was pleasantly surprised.
I would give Paper Valentine 4 out of 5 stars.