Publication Date: August 2011
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen.
The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy
My Review: There was quite a bit of hype concerning this book. I had some pretty high expect ions for it but ended up being a bit disappointed. It was good, just not as complex as I was expecting.
The writing was well done and it was easy to read. I was eager to follow along in the story and find out how things turn out and if everyone is alright. While there was some suspense and atmosphere, it wasn't quite what I had wanted from it. It's hard to articulate exactly what I was expecting, but this wasn't it.
This was a good book, well written with an interesting premise. I think the hype built it up a bit too much for me to be completely blown away by it. It was diverting, but not much further.
I am, however, really looking forward to Ms. Schwab's upcoming release, the Archived. That looks amazing!