Title: Now Entering Addamsville
Author: Francesca Zappia
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (October 2019)
Zora Novak has been framed.
When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.
Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.
Eliza and her Monsters is one of my favorite reads of the past few years. I was really excited for this one, as I also love a good spooky read and expected the author to deliver with a fun story and quirky characters.
Alas, Now Entering Addamsville was a bit of a letdown for me. The story had so much potential, but I wonder if Zappia was rushed to produce this in time for Halloween release, as the story felt rushed and half-formed.
What should have been a creepy mystery felt like a bunch of scenes thrown together in which we get told how much the town hates Zora and the injustice of it all. There was not much plot to hold this up and, while I liked the supporting cast of characters, felt very little for Zora herself.
I guess if you are looking for a read like this, you would be better off with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
I have not written this author off and will definitely check out her next book, but this time with fewer expectations.