I loved this book. I don't read that many ghost stories or haunted house stories, but I'm so glad I got to read this one. When Trevor was diagnosed with Parkinson's, his therapist suggested that he keep a diary of his memories to help cope with the disease. It's through those entries that the authors brings in the past events. I just love how this was done; it fit with the story so well and brought out the mystery at a nice pace. I also loved that the story wasn't just about a ghost or haunted house. The story was also about the tests of friendship, the triumph over adversity, secrets and mental illness.
I can't say that the book frightened me to the point where I couldn't keep reading. However, there were definitely some very creepy parts that sent shivers up my spine. I was particularly interested or intrigued by the glimpses of the mysterious boy that the friends saw from time to time.
The title "The Guardians" was very appropriate. That "guardian" theme ran throughout the book. There was the sports team on which the boys played in school, called The Guardians. The coach of that team was supposed to be their guardian, watch over the boys and guide their futures. Ben was also a guardian in that he had to keep watch on the house across the street. He did this to the point of insanity.
Funny what the memory holds and what it decides it can do without. Like a drunk fisherman, it guts some of the least edible fish and tosses its prize catches back into the deep.(page 219)
Highly recommended. I hope to read many more books by this author. In fact, I have at least one of his other books currently on my bookshelf. I hope to get to it sooner rather than later.
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The Guardians by Andrew Pyper, Doubleday Canada (Random House), ©2011. ISBN 9780385663717(Hardcover), 354p.