Me, the Missing, and the Dead – Jenny Valentine

Lucas feels surrounded by the missing: his sister avoids home, his mother is absorbed in a midlife crisis, his grandfather has dementia, and his journalist father went missing years ago. With so many ghostlike family members, it’s not surprising that Lucas begins to sense a connection with the dead. While waiting in a London office lobby, a funeral urn draws his attention, and he feels an overpowering urge to know the person inside. A string of ensuing coincidences tie him—and his father—to the deceased, Violet, a famous pianist. Is she trying to communicate with him? Lucas embarks on an investigation into her life, and his spine-tingling discoveries allow him to powerfully and finally lay the memory of his father to rest.

This was a slightly weird, but ultimately excellent book.  Lucas being drawn to, and communicating with an urn filled with a dead woman’s ashes was a little odd at first, but the way it reconnected him to his family was really interesting.  I love Valentine’s writing style.  Also check out Broken Soup by the same author. – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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