Who Haunts You
Author: Mark Wheaton
Narrator: Annalee Scott
Published: September 2, 2023
Audiobook: 4 hours 30 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: September 24-26, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
High school senior Rebecca “Bex” Koeltl is just trying to make it to graduation. But when her fellow seniors begin dying in seemingly unrelated incidents, Bex uncovers disturbing connections between their deaths, including that the teens believed they were haunted by long-dead relatives their own family members swear never existed. After Bex is visited by a malevolent specter of her own, she realizes she has to get the bottom of this horror before she’s its next victim…
Who Haunts You is a short YA novella, at just 174 pages or just 4.5 hours long. It gets a lot in with such a quick story. We have high school students who start mysteriously dying and our female main character Bex just knows she is next. These deaths are not seemingly related, but Bex believes they are as each student claimed they saw relatives that didn’t actually exist.
Bex is also Autistic and I actually learned some about it. I did not know about Stimming and this book brings it up. I also learned after reading the book that the author himself is autistic and he brings autistic characters into his novels. Stimming is a self-stimulatory behavior and consists of repetitive or unusual body movement or noises. Stimming might include hand and finger mannerisms. It can consist of finger-flicking and hand-flapping which is what Bex does.
This novel lets the reader think: Can you believe what you are seeing?
Who Haunts You could be considered YA horror lite. It really is aimed for the YA listener, not the adult who enjoys YA. It could be a great start for the Halloween season for the actual YA reader. I listened to this one while driving and I think that was actually a detriment for me. In my case it was harder for me to follow what was going on with this book. This may be a book a reader needs to actually sit down and read.
Now the narrator Annalee Scott was fabulous! She brought certain characters to life in a very spooky way! She had wonderful voice work with this novel! I think she had fun with this narration.
Many thanks to the publisher for granting me a copy to listen to and review.