The Bookshelf, A Teen Review: Haunted Sister by Lael Littke

Ever since Janine was little, she was known as the good girl. Her twin sister, Lenore, was the wild and mischievous one. That was the only difference between the two girls, and the fact that Janine had a mole on the right side of her chin, while Lenore’s was on the left.

A terrible tragedy occurred when they were 4 years old, and Lenore accidentally drowned in their grandfather’s pond. Eleven years later, Janine can’t even remember what happened on that fateful day, but continues to pride herself on her almost compulsively good behavior. And when Janine does break the rules, she jokingly calls herself Lenore.

It was on one of Janine’s “Lenore days” when she died in a car accident. Or, at least she should have died. She and her friend Scott impulsively decided to cut class and take a trip to the beach. They never imagined it would change their lives forever. All Janine remembers is waking up in a strange world where she sees Lenore again. The people in that world tell her to go back, to go live again. But when her spirit returns to her body, something is wrong. Lenore is with her. She wakes up and hears two distinctly different voices in her head. One is her own voice, and the other is her dead twin sister.

Lenore is jealous of Janine because she got the chance to live, and she blames Janine for her death. Janine still cannot recall anything about the accident, but Lenore promises that she will soon.

To get even with Janine, Lenore refuses to leave her body. She wants to experience life again inside Janine. However, Lenore wants to do things that Janine isn’t comfortable with, and suddenly there is a power struggle within her own mind. Lenore is growing stronger and stronger, and suddenly Janine isn’t in complete control of her own body. She tries to tell those around her what’s happening, but no one will believe her. The doctors diagnose her with multiple personality disorder, but Janine knows that it isn’t true.

Is there anything she can do to stop Lenore from taking over, or will she soon become someone else entirely? And what really happened 11 years ago at the pond? Could Janine have really killed her own sister? Or is she simply going insane?

This book is completely unpredictable. It’s very creepy at times, and readers will be dying to find out what really happened to Lenore. It’s very suspenseful, and it’s a great book for anyone who loves a haunting mystery.

This book is definitely fun to read, and will have you on the edge of your seat all the way through.

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