I received a free copy of Convalescence from the publisher in return for an honest review.
I have yet to read a Maynard Sims book and not enjoy it immensely. I love the atmosphere and visuals in their books and their writing always captures my imagination.
I do love a good ghost story and very rarely do I find one that I can honestly say I really enjoyed, especially when it's written for the young adult audience. Picture if you will an old large country house full of secrets, dusty rooms and locked doors, strange noises and voices in the dead of night and a creepy uncle who hides away in his rooms barring his young nephew from entering, and you have all the makings of a great ghost story.
The atmosphere and mystery portrayed in the book really adds a lot to the story and you can easily picture the scenes as you read. The main character Jimmy pulls you in, you can't help but feel for him. He's lost his family and almost died himself, now he finds himself in this creepy big house, alone and missing his family, living with strangers and no one to turn to when he starts hearing things at night.
Convalescence took me back to reading spooky ghost stories when I was younger, it has just enough suspense and mystery to keep you interested and the pace has you turning page after page eager to find out what's going to happen next. It's not a complicated story, it's classic storytelling at it's best and captures your imagination.
Definitely one I would recommend.