Lisa’s Tuesday Perspective: Fingerprints: Haunted by Melinda Metz

The second Fingerprints book crosses into the creepy category.  We already know someone is out to kill Rae, but in this edition her friend Jesse goes missing, and the more information Rae gathers with her gift, the scarier the situation gets—because whoever has Jesse, it’s all Rae’s fault.

Meanwhile we keep getting little anonymous insights from the bad guy… and they are all kinds of disturbing.  We don’t really know who it is… all we know is that they really and truly hate Rae and the “perfect” life that she has.

What I love about this series is that, while Rae is dealing with some life-threatening issues, it’s also very high school.  On the one hand she’s dealing with trying to track down Jesse’s abusive father and trying to track down the story of how he really disappeared, and on the other she’s trying to figure out how to take it when she finds out her ex-boyfriend—who dumped her without telling her—said her name while kissing his new girlfriend, and is suddenly seems to be trying to mend bridges with her…

Meanwhile, there is a lot of fantastic misdirection and red herrings going on here.  Who are all these creepy insights coming from?  Who is it taking pictures of her outside her room and all over town?  Is it her group therapy leader?  Her overly-concerned (to the point of icky) new English teacher?  Someone closer than that?  Or someone she doesn’t even know?  Is it even only one person?

Rae’s having trouble making sense of any of it,  and meanwhile she’s trying to help Anthony in a way that he may or may not be open to accepting… all while trying to keep her friend Yana from finding out her secret, so that she can have one “normal” friend.”

These books have a lot of layers to them for their deceptive shortness.  Haunted gets an affectionate A- from me.  (Very affectionate, mind… it’s not my favorite in the series, and you may rate it a bit lower.)

About Lisa Asanuma

Lisa is a professional freelance writer and editor, along with a bookbinder and knitting obsessee. Lisa has a passion for YA literature (inside her passion for literature in general) and is currently working on her first novel. View all posts by Lisa Asanuma

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