Title – Ballad for a Mad Girl
Author – Vikki Wakefield
Genre – Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Paranormal
My Rating – 4/5
Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She’s a prankster and a risk-taker, and she’s not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe.
That night she experiences something she can’t explain. The funny girl isn’t laughing anymore. She’s haunted by voices and visions—but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf.
As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can no longer tell what’s real or imagined—all she knows is the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price.
Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?
Reason I Read it – One of the categories on the Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge is ‘A Book by an Author with the same First Name or Last Name as You’ and hence had been looking for this book since the beginning of the year.
Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield surprised me. I had zero expectations of liking it, and only picked it up because the name of the author was the same as mine. I ended up being MINDBLOWN.
Though the book starts out slow, it becomes absolutely thrilling after the first 50 or so pages. I could not stop! This one had the best plot twists and I just LOVED it, possibly because I absolutely did not see it coming. I expected this to be a plain old contemporary but the mystery with a paranormal twist was just amazing. The book is also set in Australia which made it slightly different from the books I’m accustomed to and I liked that.
I have docked one star from my overall rating however and this primarily boils down to the characters. While I loved the plot and the writing, I felt almost no emotional connect to the characters. Grace was just average as a character and I was absolutely not invested in her story, just in where the plot would lead. Her friends were even worse. They annoyed me every time they appeared in the story and there was almost no point to them in the plot.
Overall, Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time –