Katrina Mountfort's The Ghost in You was published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition in February 2018 and will be published in paperback in May 2018.

Information about Katrina Mountfort:

Katrina was born in Leeds. After a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Food Science, she started work as a scientist. Since then, she’s had a varied career. Her philosophy of life is that we only regret the things we don’t try, and she’s been a homeopath, performed forensic science research and currently works as a freelance medical writer. She now lives in Saffron Walden with her husband and two dogs. When she hit forty, she decided it was time to fulfil her childhood dream of writing a novel. Future Perfect was her debut novel and the first book in the Blueprint trilogy. Forbidden Alliance and Freedom’s Prisoners completed the trilogy. Her latest novel is The Ghost in You.

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Information about The Ghost in You:

A first-hand account from beyond the grave

What do you do if you’re dead but haven’t ‘moved on’?

You keep finding yourself back where you died, with very little control over when; sometimes you can be away for days, weeks or even months, and then you’re back. Between times, when you’re ‘away’, where do you go, what do you do? You’ve seen some other ghosts asleep at their graves, but you don’t even know where your own grave is.

The living shiver if they walk through you, but they can neither see nor hear you. With practice you can pass through walls and doors, but curiously you can sit on a park bench without falling through it, climb stairs, even lie on a bed. You’re stuck in the clothes you were wearing when you died, at the age you died. Waiting.

Then, after years of this intermittent existence, you realise what you have been waiting for, what it is that you have to do in order to finally move on. Just as you have found the best reason to stay.

That’s what happened to Rowena...

A ghost story told from the perspective of the ghost herself, The Ghost in You is a first-hand account, from beyond the grave, by an innocent girl who dies before her time and tries to make sense of what is happening to her, while helping her friends and discovering her purpose.

A REVIEW OF KATRINA MOUNTFORT'S THE GHOST IN YOU

Because I enjoyed reading Katrina Mountfort's excellent Blueprint trilogy (Future Perfect, Forbidden Alliance and Freedom's Prisoners), I was excited about her new novel, The Ghost in You, and was eager to read it. I'm glad to say that The Ghost in You is an excellent young adult fantasy novel with romantic elements. It's one of the best YA ghost stories I've ever read, because it's a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining reading experience.

As many readers are aware of, many authors have written ghost stories and YA ghost stories have gradually become increasingly popular. The Ghost in You feels like a breath of fresh air when compared to other similar kind of novels, because it's more compelling and more realistic than many of them and the author writes good and fluent prose that fits the story.

One of the best things about this novel is that it's got a lot of heart and soul, because it has been written out of love for storytelling. It's an unputdownable novel that immediately sinks its hooks into you and pulls you into the protagonist's life, when you begin to read it. (I read this novel is one sitting, because I found myself enjoying it immensely and couldn't put it down.)

The Ghost in You is a story about a 19-year-old girl called Rowena Hill. Rowena lives in London and works in the bookshop. She has become good friends with Marjorie, who was her mother's best friend, and helps her all the time (when Rowena's mother died, Marjorie offered Rowena one of the bedsits that she and her husband rented out and she accepted the offer). Her best friend, Kirsty, is a 16-year-old girl suffering from aplastic anaemia and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant... One day, when Rowena is talking to Kirsty on the phone, she hears a loud noise coming from Marjorie's house. She goes to investigate what is wrong and is pushed down the stairs by two burglars who come out of Marjorie's bedroom. She lands at the bottom of the stairs and hears a crack, but feels nothing... Rowena notices that the paramedics are trying to resuscitate her lifeless body and realises that she has died...

The story flows fluently and smoothly from start to finish, because Katrina Mountfort writes engagingly about Rowena and her ghostly existence. The author fascinatingly tells of how Rowena doesn't seem to be able to move on to the final destination where people go when they die, but remains as a ghost and tries to figure out what to do.

One of the most noticeable things about this novel is the author's attention to details. She has created a realistic vision of the afterlife. She writes well about what kind of a place the afterlife is and how it differs from the normal world. Another thing worth mentioning is that the characterisation is good and believable.

The author has given Rowena an original and powerful voice. Rowena's first-person point of view is both fresh and engrossing, because readers have an opportunity to read a first-hand account of what it is like to be dead and what it feels like to make sense of what has happened.

Rowena is an interesting and easily likeable protagonist. She is a kind and good-hearted person, who has facial scars because of a terrible accident. She helps others and is a positive force in many persons' lives. Even after death, she is a kind and caring person. I enjoyed reading about her and what she did after she had died.

What happens between Rowena and Oliver, who is Marjorie's grandchild, is handled well. The author intriguingly explores what kind of feelings they have for each other. I enjoyed reading about Rowena and Oliver, because things developed naturally between them. The author's descriptions about their relationship and romance are sweet, realistic and touching. I was amazed at how easily she wrote about both of them and how they felt about each other, because nothing felt forced.

I'm aware of the fact that many novels have been written about relationships between ghosts and living people, but this novel is different from them due to the author's way of writing intimately and believably about love and romance. There's something irresistible about the author's writing style that will capture readers' hearts.

Katrina Mountfort writes well about sadness, anger, love, romance, confusion and acceptance in this novel. Rowena goes through many emotions and feelings, because she has to come to terms with what has happened to her and she has to figure why she can't move on.

The popular culture references are interesting and enhance the atmosphere, because the author fluently refers to various films, TV series and music during the story. This novel also has a nice amount of humour, which makes for an entertaining and thrilling read.

It was intriguing to notice that this novel has a tiny connection to the author's Blueprint trilogy. I'm sure that fans of the trilogy will be pleased to spot it.

Although this novel is a relatively fast read and is pure entertainment, it's surprisingly insightful and has quite a lot of depth. This is good, because I'm personally more than a bit fed up with stale YA novels that lack depth and vision. Fortunately, Katrina Mountfort doesn't underestimate the intelligence of her readers, but offers them a captivating and gripping story with depth.

I give this novel full five stars on the scale from one to five stars, because it's an excellent YA fantasy novel with good characterisation. I look forward to reading what the author writes next, because she writes compelling fiction.

Katrina Mountfort's The Ghost in You should be on every fantasy reader's reading list, because it's a gripping and well told story from the perspective of a ghost (if you enjoy romantic ghost stories, this novel should have a permanent place on your bookshelf). No matter what you normally read, this novel will charm and entice you with its story.

Excellent YA fantasy fiction!

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