Ashlyn's Radio is made from one part Heather Doherty and the other part Norah Wilson. These two blessedly talented ladies have created a story that is to die for! I don't know how many times I was in the middle of reading and had to stop just to think of how amazing this book was. So scary, it'll give Stephen King nightmares!
Since Ashlyn's mom has been admitted to the psych ward, Ashlyn had no choice but to move back to her mother's hometown. This is the same hometown that her mother was trying to prevent Ashlyn from ever visiting. Ashlyn doesn't know this, just like her mother doesn't know that that's where Ashlyn now resides.
All seems to be well for Ashlyn living in Prescott Junction. She now lives with her grandmother who has lived there for years. There is even a rather hot boy that works for her grandmother and if she plays her cards right, she just might snag him! The only odd thing is that she hears music playing at night. When she questioned her grandmother, she watched her face turn white while she warned Ashlyn to stay in bed at night. When the whistle blows, stay in bed. Everybody does, it's just what all the town people do. And the weird thing? Ashlyn has noticed that her grandmother is right. Not even teens sneak out at night. How odd.
Late one night, Ashlyn finally sneaks out with her friend Rachel as well as the hottie, Caden. Rachel knows all about what goes on while everyone sleeps. The dead bodies that people have found. Rachel knows what really caused it, and now she's going to show them.
Now, Ashlyn realizes just what the whistle belongs to. The ghost train. The train running on the tracks that nobody uses anymore. Those same tracks that have been shut down for years. And once the train approaches, they all watch as the souls inside look at them in despair. The conductor collects them. Lures people out of their beds, only to have others find their lifeless bodies by the tracks the next morning.
What Ashlyn doesn't know, is that the music she hears has a connection to the train. She has far more history in Prescott Junction than she knows, and is about to find out she's in for a world of trouble. She's going to learn why everyone races home once dark.
When that conductor hands you that ticket, don't take it!
5/5 Stars. 160 Pages. Received for review from the authors.