Published March 6th 2012 by H, C & B Publishing
Twenty years ago, Catherine Whitley was the victim of a horrible crime. Betrayed by her friends, including the boy she loved, she was left to die when the Rock Harbor Opera House caught fire, taking a disturbing secret with her to her grave.
Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle in Rock Harbor, Oregon for the summer, praying that by getting away he will be able to put this awful tragedy behind him.
When Heath starts working at the newly renovated Rock Harbor Opera House, he meets Molly, a young dancer who awakens in him a desire to start over and move on. But, when he begins having visions of a half-burned girl in a white dress, he starts to think he may be slipping even further over the edge.
As the apparent hauntings become more intense, Heath begins to fear for his safety. With the help of his friend Josie, Heath discovers an unsettling secret that ties the mysterious girl to both their families. When two of their friends die unexpectedly, Josie and Heath realize that something, or someone, is after the children of those who wronged Catherine, and they are next.
Heath Ingram dreams of fire. He smells smoke everywhere. The Weeping grips you right from the beginning because the action starts right away, and it's not in a bad way. It's not like you're being thrown right in, but the beginning leaves you intrigued and feeling like you have to keep reading.
I have to admit that I loved the fact that The Weeping is in present tense. Most books are in past tense and O'Dell Hutchinson handles present tense very well.
Heath, the main character and narrator, is broken, in a way. He blames himself for killing his friends, but one thing I really like about him is that he wants to heal. He wants to get better instead of wallowing in his misery. But he can't heal overnight. He talks to a psychiatrist; he still blames himself sometimes. Heath's pain seems very realistic to me. While I didn't really feel any connection to him at all, I still enjoyed his narration.
The secondary characters are also pretty awesome. Heath makes some great friends in Rock Harbor, most of which do very surprising things.
Sometimes, though, The Weeping was very confusing. Heath would be walking somewhere and then suddenly he was hearing things and outside while I had no idea what was going on.
This book threw a lot of surprises at me. While most of it was awesome, I wish the huge reveal at the end would have had a little more foreshadowing. Maybe I just missed all of it, but that surprise just seemed random to me, something done out of convenience.
Overall: The Weeping surprised me - because of all the twists and simply because I was surprised by how much I liked it. The ending left me wanting more, and there was plenty of mystery. 4 stars.
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