June 14th 2011, Knopf Books
336 pages, Hardcover
From the Publisher for honest review
When Willie arrives in Indian Territory, she knows only one thing: no one can find out who she really is. To escape a home she doesn't belong in anymore, she assumes the name of a former classmate and accepts a teaching job at the Cherokee Female Seminary.
Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. A student drowned in the river last year, and the girls whisper that she was killed by a jealous lover. Willie's room is the very room the dead girl slept in. The students say her spirit haunts it.
Willie doesn't believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn't sure anymore. She's also not sure what to make of a boy from the nearby boys' school who has taken an interest in her—his past is cloaked in secrets. Soon, even she has to admit that the revenant may be trying to tell her something. . . .
The paranormal elements were not the central aspect of this story. It was more about the history of Indian Territory and how a girl with the wrong assumptions can make mistakes and the journey that took her on. The plot was well thought out and carried small aspects throughout which tied the story together well.
Olivia, Willie’s only friend throughout, was a very interesting character and had a great heart which helped Willie settle in. Many characters were hate worthy, and other characters that were very likable but turned out to be very hate worthy. Truly likeable characters were seldom until the end.
The Revenant, ghost, was a probably one of my favorite characters. The small glimpse from it’s POV was probably the most brilliant part of this book.
The suspense was taunt, the characters believable even the ones that were unlikable, and there were brilliant parts that made this book so enjoyable. This is certainly a unique book with characters that come alive.