by Justine Larbalestier
Kelpie is a homeless girl who can see ghosts. She is lead to a murder scene by a ghost who tricks her. There she meets Dymphna, the corpse’s girlfriend. Both have stumbled upon the murdered man and both are anxious to get away. Kelpie because she doesn’t want to end up in foster care, and Dymphna because she is the local mob boss’s best earner (her boss is a woman).
They narrowly avoid the police together, and the reader discovers that Dymphna can also see ghosts and has been trying to catch up with Kelpie for a while.
Dymphna and Kelpie struggle to stay away from the police, the ghosts, and rival mob bosses. Will they succeed?
Well-told story set in the 1930s in Australia. Each chapter is told from a different characters point of view or about his or her background. Definitely YA.
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