Publisher: Text Publishing
Release Date: May 29, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Paranormal, Young Adult
Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She’s a prankster and a risk-taker, and she’s not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe.
That night she experiences something she can’t explain. The funny girl isn’t laughing anymore. She’s haunted by voices and visions—but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf.
As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can no longer tell what’s real or imagined—all she knows is the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price.
Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?
PROMOTE ALL THE AUSSIE BOOKS!! Vikki Wakefield is an author I’ve heard nothing but good things about, and I’m so glad I can add her to my list of Aussie Authors read. I definitely need to check out more of her stuff after BALLAD FOR A MAD GIRl because it was so well written.
A large focus on family, friends, grief, and mental health
An important part of any contemporary and mystery is the characters. If they’re mediocre and you can’t connect then it’s going to be a struggle. Fortunately I really connected to all the characters and their emotions. It’s such a supportive group of family and friends who have their issues but work through them and are there for each other as they struggle with life and mental health. I got the feels from them.
Mystery that actually surprised me
For once I did not predict all the mystery twists!! I actually was surprised with the turns it took with the mystery. It was so nice to have something different and new to read.
There was zero romance
I cannot remember the last time I read a contemporary that didn’t even have the slightest hint of romance!! After the first chapter or two I thought for sure a romance would develop with one of the popular male characters… but he never appeared again! And no love interests ever appeared! As much as I like a good side romance from time to time, it’s so refreshing to have a book that doesn’t put any focus on romance.
Not as suspenseful/ thrilling as I was hoping
I’ve been on a big true crime binge recently, so I thought BALLAD would be the perfect read. As much as I loved the mystery element, it didn’t have the suspense that I wanted it to have. It’s not a thriller book, but mystery solving just needs some blood pumping close calls to keep you turning the pages.
BALLAD FOR A MAD GIRL was a well written loveozya novel that I really enjoyed. Not only was it super fast, it actually managed to surprise me with the ending to its mystery. Despite this, I still wish more time had been spent on the mystery and thriller aspects honestly. Instead it has more focus on family and friendships (which isn’t bad! I do enjoy those things too, but I wanted a proper suspenseful thriller)