by Claire Fraise
Nothing is as important to sixteen-year-old Shiloh Oleson as her little brother Max. So when the six-year-old goes missing without a trace, a heartbroken Shiloh refuses to believe nothing can be done and sets out to find him.
When one of Shiloh’s classmates says she knows where Max is, Shiloh hesitates to believe her. Francesca is creepy. She says she can see ghosts, but everyone knows ghosts aren’t real … right?
But Francesca says that Max is going to be murdered.
And a ghost told her where he is.
As the line between the dead and living begins to blur, Shiloh starts to think Francesca might not be as crazy as she believed. One thing is becoming clear. Someone has gruesome plans for Max, and Shiloh must confront her worst nightmares to find him before it’s too late.
THEY STAY is the first book in the They Stay Series, a thrilling supernatural adventure for young adults.
CONTENT WARNINGS: This book contains physical and mental abuse, death, violence, kidnapping, gun violence, alcohol abuse, references to suicide, implied sexual abuse (non-graphic), bullying, and mild adult language
This book took me utterly by surprise. As a YA Supernatural Thriller, I had low expectations i am sorry to admit. However, this one sucked me in immediately and I finished it in one sitting. The characters were so well developed, and they came alive through her writing. Max stole my heart right away.. he is around my middle child’s age, and I could not help but feel absolute agony when he went missing. Too close to home for me, and I squeezed my kids a little harder after reading this for sure.
Shiloh is a character that makes you want to hug her and take her away from her awful father. Child abuse is such a horrible horrible crime, and it is hard to read about even in a story where you know what is happening is not real. It just has such a raw feel to it. It is also what helped make this a five star read for me. They Stay brought so many feelings to the surface, and my emotions were running high.
Every character had such a vital part in the story. They each had a unique personality bringing such different but cohesive parts to the whole picture. I enjoyed the multiple POV’s because it was nice to have different voices throughout the story. This made it more interesting for me. From the beginning this book felt like a rubberband being wound tighter and tighter until it snapped at the very end completely taking me by surprise.
I need the second book … and I need it ASAP … I want more from this author and am so happy to have been included in this tour!
About the Author:
BornThe United States
Genre Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Member Since May 2013
Claire Fraise earned her B.A. in English from Tufts University. She published her debut novel when she was 16 (award-winning YA dystopian novel IMPERFECT), and her YA supernatural thriller THEY STAY is coming out in October 2021. When Claire’s not writing, she likes crocheting amigurumi animals, reading, and hanging out with her dogs. Even though it goes against every introverted bone in her body, she is on social media. Connect with her on Instagram at @clairefraiseauthor, on YouTube at Write with Claire Fraise, or visit her website at clairefraise.com.