Review! The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

secretfilesThe Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Co-Written by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

Illustrated by Roman Muradov

272 pages – ages 9+

Will be published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on December 1, 2015

Synopsis- Fairday Morrow and her family are moving into a new house, even if Fairday doesn’t like it. It doesn’t help that their house is a supposedly haunted Victorian mansion, called the Begonia House. Apparently, there was controversy about what happened to some of the original residents. They say that the house’s builder’s daughter still haunts the house to this day. Fairday doesn’t believe. But she is curious about the mysterious red-haired lady in some old photographs. But wait – was that some mysterious person in the mirror? Fairday just shrugs it off. Next came the bagpipes. Fairday hears bagpipes playing in a room, and follows the noise, and finds… a ripped up bagpipe that couldn’t make a sound. Fairday will get to the bottom of what is going on in the Begonia House?

What I Thought- I  really enjoyed this book. It was a marvelously done, debut, thriller novel. Ms. Robinson and Ms. Haight are great authors that really pull you into their story. I couldn’t get out until that final sentence. And, by then I wanted more. To say I want a second book is an understatement. The writing style is compelling, and makes me feel as if I was there with Fairday and her friends. I really like the illustrations in the book. They are like the ribbon on a present, or the icing on the cake. It adds another dimension to the story. I couldn’t put the book down, which may have been a not-so-smart idea, because this book is a horror-thriller kind of book, and I end up reading at night… Yeah, I may or may not have thought I heard bagpipes playing in the night… 😉 This was a well-written book! It has enough thriller elements that, while it isn’t Goosebumps, it is creepy in its own way. I was trying to guess what would be happening next, but then another clue would be tossed in, and it would shake my logical reasoning all around, and the story kept me guessing. All over a great read!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

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36 replies

  1. Yay! So glad to see this one going to press! I read a preview copy when they were shopping it around and really enjoyed it!

  2. Erik- Thanks for this awesome review! So glad you enjoyed The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow! I can imagine reading this book at night might make one hear bagpipes. 🙂 Your review made my day. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. What a great thriller for teens! Excellent review!

  4. A great review Erik.This sounds like a perfect book for today´s teens. I have put it on my TBR list. All the best to the authors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson!!

  5. Hi Erik, What a wonderful review! Thank you. Stephanie and I are so happy you enjoyed the book. 🙂 ~ Jess

  6. Can’t wait for this book’s release! Thanks for a great review, Erik!

  7. Wish there were coming out in time for Halloween sounds like it would be perfect for the season, plus love creepy books.

  8. Erik, this sounds like a true winner. I think this one needs to go onto my to read list. Well done review. You kept me guessing and I enjoyed every word you wrote.

  9. Not Goosebumps? How about chicken skin scary then? 😀 Super review, Erik.

  10. Wow, high praise! Awesome to know. Female protagonist in a mystery/thriller/horror – sounds exciting. I hope school is going well!
    ~Mrs. M

  11. Ooooh! A haunting story! What could be better?

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