More than just a ghost story in Nearly Departed
Reviews , Teen Paranormal / April 17, 2010

Nearly Departed is a terrifying new ghost story by Rook Hastings. Rook also writes under the name of Rowan Coleman, but chose to publish this titles under the pseudonym of Rook Hastings. I love it when authors publish books under different names for different styles. The Coleman books tend to be more romantic, even the teen stories. Whereas Nearly Departed is a whole new style of writing in a whole new area. So with theĀ  new series from Rook Hastings “Welcome to Weirdsville” we’re getting the best of both worlds, a dynamic and exciting ‘new’ author with all the originality that implies AND the quality of an author who has honed their craft to perfection. This is a wonderful book that crosses age-groups and gender barriers. It’s light enough to not leave you traumatised, yet subtle enough so that you don’t realised how engrossed you are until you find yourself shrieking if someone taps you on the shoulder while reading this. There is a great sense of realism and a slight hint of predictability. You know that something is coming, but you just can’t quite work it out. Of course, that’s one of the problems as an adult reading a…