Tuesday 18 June 2024

I’ll Be Waiting for You

I’ll Be Waiting for You by Mariko Turk (Allen & Unwin) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9781760526603

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

For many years Natalie and Imogen’s families have rented cabins at Estes Park for two weeks over the summer. The best friends, who share a love of horror movies and ghost programs, revel in this vacation spot as it is home to the famously haunted Harlow Hotel, once a centre for supernatural exploration. While Natalie loves the stories and hype surrounding ghosts, she does not believe people can communicate with the dead, Imogen however is more open-minded and believes in the ‘what if?’ On the last night of their vacation, in the summer before their final year of high school, Imogen dies from an undiagnosed heart condition.

A year after the death of her best friend, Natalie returns to the Harlow Hotel to complete her senior school project – to create audition footage for
Ghost Chasers: Teen Investigators. To her surprise, she is not the only person from her high school there to complete their project. The antagonistic but handsome Leander Hall will also be staying at the Harlow Hotel for the next ten days.

As Natalie starts work on her project a myriad of emotions soon arise that she had not anticipated. Vivid memories, a psychic medium, strange occurrences, and a romantic interest all cause her to become overwhelmed, threatening to derail the completion of her project.

I’ll Be Waiting for You is a young adult novel that explores friendship, grief and the paranormal. It is recommended for readers 14 years and older.

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