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This book was OK....but I don't think I'll be reading the next one to follow. I've given it a 3/5 because it was simply OK. It wasn't horrendous, but I did not enjoy reading it as much as the first instalment.
I feel as though it has fallen from an interestingly based criminal series to one of conspiracy. I would have much preferred the author explore the possibilities of crime by ghosts rather than take the (seemingly) more easy road of chalking it up to a secret society which intends to take over the world.
Also, I felt the main character's conviction and smarts slip in this instalment, pandering to her blonde, southern-belle stereotype a lot more. I had been glad to find a YA novel which depicted a strong female lead (even if she was obviously still coming into her own, given she IS a teen) that challenged these stereotypes, both to the readers and to the international characters she came into contact with in the book.