Author: Joanne Dahme
Release Date: September 8, 2008
Genre: Mystery, Teen
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
From the back cover:
From moving to a new house to making new friends and preparing for high school, life for the new girl in town can be unsettling. But thirteen year-old Courtney is unprepared for how creepy life in Murmur, Massachusetts turns out to be. Her ivy-covered house overlooking the antiquated cemetery next door is one thing, but Courtney finds herself thrust into a full-fledged haunted adventure after meeting Christian and Margaret Geyer, a strange father and daughter with unfinished family business. The body of their ancestor, Prudence, has gone missing from beneath her ivy-carved tombstone and must be returned to its final resting place in order to break the spell that looms over Courtney’s house. To add to the suspense and help solve the mystery, authentic documents and photographs are set at the beginning of each chapter pertaining to Murmur, Courtney’s house, and the infamous cemetery. Will Courtney uncover the secret lurking within the dark, dank underbelly of her ivy-covered basement?
Creepers is a modern day gothic mystery, aimed at young adults. The book itself is beautiful; there are rich illustrations throughout the novel and there is ivy running through the pages (which is a recurring theme in the book.) It makes for a wonderful reading experience, helping to envelop the reader within the pages.
However, I was a bit disappointed by the book. I had heard many good things about it, and maybe my expectations were too high. I just didn’t think it was as good as it could have been; while the mystery was interesting, it wasn’t captivating. Also, gothic mysteries do well with a sense of creepiness, which this novel seems to lack. Basically, it is a great young adult novel, but might leave adults looking for more.
That being said, Creepers does have its own sense of enchantment. Dahme builds a scene very well and it is easy to get lost in the atmosphere of the town of Murmur. The pages interspersed between the chapters of diary entries and signs are well-placed and help add to the ambiance of the novel. Whoever was in charge of designing the book did extremely well.