The Girl Behind The Glass
by Jane Kelley

Random House, 2011. ISBN 978-0-375-86220-5.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 12/13/2011


In a decidedly different voice, author Jane Kelley once again explores the nature of familial relationships. The Girl Behind the Glass is a darker story than Nature Girl, Kelley's debut novel. This new offering revolves around eleven-year-old identical twins Anna and Hannah, older boy- and clothes-crazy teenaged sister Selena, their parents, and a rather determined ghost that is spiritually tethered to the house on Hemlock Road.

Hemlock Road—the rundown creepy house that the Zimmer family is renting until they can move into their new home. Hemlock Road—the house with the green eyes, unexpanded events and a sad, tragic history.

The ghost of Hemlock Road narrates the story, and her identity takes shape slowly. Her loneliness and emotional pain are palpable as she shares her viewpoint on older sisters, relationships, trust, and friendship. She seeks to come between the twins in order to establish a connection and friendship with Hannah, initially to do her bidding, to right a wrong.

The Girl Behind the Glass is a story filled with just the right amount of thrills and chills. One that will grab the interest of young girls and have them quickly turning the pages as they root for all of the characters—while coming to understand that unconditional love binds and forgiveness frees the soul.

Jane Kelley is also the author of the middle-grade novel Nature Girl. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter, and a black cat who sometimes cries in the night for no apparent reason. Visit Jane's website.

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