When Mei arrives on Arrow Island, she can’t help feeling relieved. She’s happy to spend the summer in an actual mansion tutoring a rich man’s daughter if it means a break from her normal life—her needy mother, her delinquent brother, their tiny apartment in the city. And Ella Morison seems like an easy charge, sweet and well behaved.
What Mei doesn’t know is that something is very wrong in the Morison household.
Though she tries to focus on her duties, Mei becomes increasingly distracted by the family’s problems and her own complicated feelings for Ella’s brother, Henry. But most disturbing of all are the unexplained noises she hears at night—the howling and thumping and cries.
Why did I want to read? 40% the cool synopsis, but like, 60% the amazing cover
Shadow Girl seems, from the blurb, to be a ghost story. Mei is a tutor who is hired to look after the quiet and solemn Ella Morrison for the summer. Ella claims that her summer house is haunted by the ghost of a Eleanor Arrow, an undocumented daughter of the Arrow family who founded the island.
However, I don’t really feel like it’s correct to call this a ghost story after reading it. Partly because the reasons I enjoyed it had nothing to do with the ghost elements at all. But also because it’s more of a coming of age story with a mystery running through it, rather than the other way around.