Our YA book club pick for April was a spooky one! We read the ghost story The Walls Around Us about two ballerinas and a vicious murder. One of them ends up in prison where things are more ghostly than they seem. We’ll recommend some other ghost stories for you and will give some discussion questions at the end in case you’re reading this with your own book club!
When sixteen-year-old Willow goes urban exploring in an abandoned asylum she expects the dark halls, creepy echoes, and ominous atmosphere. But she doesn’t expect it to follow her home. After the trip, Willow becomes haunted by nightmares in which she never left Ashwood Asylum. Nightmares, where she is pursued by grotesque, mind-infesting horrors, called the Mora who feed off the fear of mortals. Unfortunately for squeamish Willow, they are hungry. And she is their perfect meal.
Upon waking, Willow recalls only fleeting memories of dead butterflies, hollow eyes, and discordant whispers. But slowly these phantasms begin to bleed into her daily life, making Willow question her own sanity. She soon realizes that the solution lies solely within the decrepit walls of Ashwood. As the boundary between dreams and reality disintegrates, Willow must find the courage to defeat the leader of the Mora before he traps her soul in the nightmare forever.
The Woman in Black
Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a pale young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.
- Why do you think Ori took the blame for the murder?
- Did you think Amber was guilty or not guilty? And what about Orianna?
- Our book clubbers were confused by the ending. How do you interpret it for the different characters?
- How did prison life in The Walls Around Us compare to other books you read about this? We compared it to Allegedly.