on November 24th 2015
Genres: Ghost Stories, Middle Grade, Mystery, Supernatural
Source: Amazon Freebie
Andrew and his three best friends, Michael, Daniel, and William, live in the sleepy California town of Telane, a place where nothing interesting ever happens. Once upon a time, Telane was an exciting place-a Gold Rush boomtown. Now, the boys' families struggle to make ends meet.
When Andrew and Michael find an old map in Michael's attic, the four boys embark on a treasure hunt. They're looking for fun, but they're also hopeful. What if the map is real? A long hidden stash of gold could solve all their problems. Their first stop: an abandoned mansion that's supposed to be haunted.
As they venture deeper into the mansion and the mystery, they realize they're not the only ones on the hunt. They have followers-some friendly, some dangerous. Tunnels beneath the house lead them to an underground river, and soon they're more concerned with finding their way home than locating treasure. Weird noises, lights, and the sudden appearance of a mysterious guide, all point to one frightening conclusion: the mansion really is haunted!
Who, or what, is really lost? The kids or the treasure? And is a heap of hidden gold really worth a bigger heap of danger?
I don’t know what made me grab this book on Amazon but I am so glad I did because I absolutely loved this book. It was a mix of Goonies and a Treasure Hunt adventure. The story is told in multi POVs. I thought it was such a fun, creepy read. I really enjoyed the build up and the back story. You sort of start when the kids are about to start their adventure but follow along in a few chapters that build up how they got to that point. It was fun to read it like this. I really liked the 4 boys and along the way one of the boys sister and her friend joined them. The story has suspense and ghosts. I really did like this a lot.
I was going to give a huge recap of the book but I don’t want to give anything away. Overall, this was a great adventure. It had lots of action, mystery, suspense and I loved the way it all wrapped up. I highly recommend for MG and YA. This really was a fun story. Seriously, how many times am I doing to say that! But it was! 😉
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