Normally, I don’t like scary books. And normally, I don’t like mysteries (maybe because most mysteries are scary?). Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman is both of these things. But I found out this story is also something more. It’s told in two formats: there’s the book, which is from the character Ryan’s point of view, and there’s a series of online videos from his best friend Sarah’s point of
view. And there’s almost nothing I love more than the internet
So last weekend, I found myself reading Skeleton Creek.
Through Ryan’s writing and Sarah’s videos, we are brought into the mystery that they are been exploring. Their tiny little town (ominously called Skeleton Creek) has a secret past. There’s possibly a murder on the old dredge (a big machine that digs up land looking for gold) and probably treasure hidden there. There’s definitely a conspiracy formed by a secret society (that Ryan’s dad is in). There are people watching their every move. And scariest of all, there’s a ghost in the machine.
Or, at least I assume there is. Skeleton Creek leaves you at a terrifying cliffhanger, which will be picked up in October with the second book, titled Ghost in the Machine. Ryan makes a wonderful narrator. The book, which is supposed to be his diary, is quick and engaging. Sarah’s videos are integral to the story — this is a ghost story you really need to see and hear. And I can’t wait to get the rest of the story from the two of them.
— Carly H., STACKS Staffer