Whispers From The Grave by Leslie Rule
The similarities between Jenna and Rita were uncanny. They looked and acted exactly alike. Each was experiencing the thrill of first love. Each was empowered with a gift of the supernatural. And each harbored dark secrets. Jenna and Rita could have been sisters. Except for one thing . . . Rita was murdered over a century ago.
Out of the yellowed pages of her diary, Rita's frightening legacy is reborn. But the more Jenna reads of Rita's spellbinding past--of murder, deception, and sinister experiments--the more she fears her own future. Because Rita's history is repeating itself, moment by horrifying moment. And Jenna has to live it
**This review contains very small spoilers, you may want to read with caution**
As I started reading this story it became more interesting each new chapter. There was always something new that I didn't get from the summary and was loving how different it was than everything else I've been reading lately.
Jenna finds an old diary in the family home. She lives in the year 2070 and the girl who wrote the diary, Rita lived in the 1970's. My favorite parts of the time difference between the two girls was the descriptions of the 2070's world. Especially the description of the clothing.
As Jenna continues to read the diary she begins connecting a lot with Rita and her life in the house. She soon discovers that Rita was murdered and begins to really get into solving the mystery of what exactly happened to her.
There were a couple of things that the summary does not detail that caught me unaware as I read. I never saw them coming and found them a great twist to what could have normally just been a who-done-it type of mystery.
*small spoiler statements ahead*
I am afraid that I cannot tell you fully what those things are without spoiling the story for you. But I will hint to them. Firstly Jenna finds a photo of Rita and finds they are remarkably similar in looks, almost twin-like similarities to their features. There is also a discovery of supernatural events that take place as well.
It was a incredibly interesting story that kept me intrigued to the very end.
I did feel that the very end fell just a little bit flat compared to the rest of the novel, but I was still very pleasantly surprised with each new chapter and found it to be a unique and imaginative story.