This is a fun supernatural thriller from the master of teen horror, Christopher Pike. Trends have moved on and most Pike books are out of print now, but I kept this one on my shelf as I think it’s something out of the ordinary.
The story is narrated by the ghost of Shari Cooper, who died aged eighteen after falling from a balcony at a friend’s party. Suicide is assumed but Shari knows she was pushed. The story is partly about her quest to solve her own murder and partly an exploration of grief, with discussions about the afterlife. In some ways it’s a sad story and more contemplative than horrific. However, it’s also darkly humorous.
Pike manages to provide enough characterisation and sense of place to set the story in context, but it’s as minimal as possible. That’s his style and I like it. The book is fairly short, in keeping with the other YA books he wrote. Having read Remember Me twice before, I ‘remembered’ some of it, but not all of the twists. I know there were sequels but really it doesn’t seem like the kind of story which requires them.
I have to say, the cover is a little misleading. Shari is not out for revenge. She only wants people to remember her (not in a sinister way) and to ensure that the murderer is prevented from striking again.
First published in 1989.