Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox
Sixteen-year-old high school student Charlotte remembers being on the subway platform waiting for the F train when she wakes up on a couch in the lobby of the Hotel Attesa. She thinks she must have fainted, but teenagers Nancy, Lorna, Tess & Ed explain to Charlotte that they are all dead, including her. Each of them was murdered; when they find who murdered them they will receive a key to the Big Red Door, through which they will pass to the Other Side. Charlotte narrates the account of their investigation, following her boyfriend and other people at her school. Charlotte suspects the cheerleaders, since they were all jealous of her because her boyfriend is one of the hottest boys in school. Since they can watch and follow everyone without being seen, they uncover some surprises about people at school. Solving Charlotte’s murder becomes urgent when they realize others are also in danger.
I have noticed several books in the last few years that are set in the authors’ imaginations of the afterlife. Each author has different ideas about what happens after death, but the characters in the books I’ve read encounter certain tasks or stations on the way. Could this be the new trend in Young Adult literature?
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson