Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He was born in New York, but grew up in Los Angeles, where he lives to this day. Prior to becoming a writer he worked in a factory, painted houses and programmed computers. His hobbies include astronomy, meditating, running and making sure his books are prominently displayed in his local bookshop! As well as being a bestselling teen horror and thriller writer, he is also the author of numerous titles for adults. Other well-known works include: The Last Vampire series and the Remember Me series.
Shari is dead, and she knows that she didn't kill herself. So rather than merging with the cosmos as other spirits do, she lingers near the world of the living, determined to find her murderer. Fortunately for Shari, she is not alone in the hereafter. She finds a kindred spirit in Peter, the ghost of a boy she went to high school with. The ethereal duo discover Shari's killer in time to prevent another murder. But their techniques are not typical: rather, they solve the mystery by spying on old friends, attempting to communicate through a Ouija board, entering people's dreams and confronting the darker aspects of their own souls. The novel's central mystery, though somewhat contrived, moves along briskly. Plenty of action combined with several creepy seance scenes keep the pages turning. However, although the novel makes it clear that both Peter and Shari would rather be alive, some may question the prudence of presenting young readers with such a seductive vision of life after death. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)