Published by Egmont USA on February 12, 2013
They say first love never dies...
From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.
There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?
With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.
Olivia has suffered through the trauma of losing her best friend and her mother is the one who most likely killed him. What Olivia fears most is that she is becoming more like her mother. She starts seeing things – ghosts and Lucas starts to appear everywhere, talking to her and making her sure that she has gone off the deep end. Then there's the colorblindness that overtakes her and being a painter, it ruins her only outlet for healing.
She finally starts to listen to Lucas and she finds that maybe there is more to his death than she realized. Her mother may not have killed him, so she decides to investigate herself so that she can come to terms with Lucas' death once and for all. I really was sucked into this novel from the beginning. I loved the way the mystery wrapped around in a way that I would have never seen coming. I ached for Olivia, being haunted by her best friend and maybe more than that, if he had lived.
I really enjoyed all the characters in this book and the story really resonated with me after I finished reading. It had a dangerous edge to it, like Olivia was on the brink of insanity the whole time, but not quite. Olivia was quite the broken character as well, not always making the best decisions. I felt like I didn't see her start healing until the end of the book. Ellison did a great job of how all-consuming grief can be when losing someone you love.
A fantastic novel wrapped with mystery, romance and danger that will keep the reader interested. Notes from Ghost Town is a hard novel to put down for long.