Title: Ninth Key
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator
Previous Book in the Series:
Original Date Read: April 10, 2013
Format: Paperback from my own shelf
Susannah Simon is adjusting nicely to living in sunny Carmel, California. She’s admiring the palm trees. She enjoys knowing that there is another mediator, who just happens to be the principal of her school, nearby that she can talk shop with. She even likes her new stepdad and making fun of her older stepbrothers. A few things she still isn’t used to though? The fact that she is sharing a bedroom with a ghost who’s over one hundred and fifty years dead. Also, she’s kind of pissed that no one told her about the poison oak.
But that all pales in comparison to when she is woken up multiple times by a screaming woman who wants her to tell ‘Red’ that her death wasn’t his fault. Suze agrees only to get back to sleep and in the morning starts to look into it. It turns out ‘Red’ is Red Beaumont a prestigious businessman who’s son Tad danced with Suze at Kelly Prescott’s pool party where she got the poison oak. Suze gets into the Beaumont mansion and time with Red to tell him what the ghost told her. Instead of getting the usual reaction – tears, disbelief, etc. – he seems rather interested in what she has to say. And even asks if she would be able to contact other people that he’s wronged. Sensing the weirdness of the situation she tries to get out, only to find the windows nailed shut. Something strange is going on…
I always forget how much Ninth Key freaks me out. It starts out great, with Suze being her sarcastic self with some ghost drama, and it even gets a little interesting when she mentions Tad. But then when they throw in Tad’s father, things get creepy. Like The Godfather with a paranormal twist creepy. I don’t blame Suze for stabbing him with a pencil when she comes to dinner at the Beaumont house. Yikes. But the one she should have stabbed was Marcus! I knew I was getting a creepy vibe from him too. How Tad grew up so normal, is a mystery to me. Must be from his mom’s side.
Anyway, I love this series because it deals with some creepy things, but in a humorous manner. With a little bit of romance. I’m still waiting for that kiss between Jesse and Suze – and I still have a few books to go, dammit – but they’re friendship is still cute to read about. My only complaint is how easily the whole Marcus almost murdered Tad and Suze thing got covered up and yeah, he’s going to be tormented by the ghosts of his former victims, but still. Too easy.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I love these books. They’re cute and quick reads and perfect if you’re looking for something a little light to read.
Bookshelf worthy? I own two copies, what do you think?