In her parents’ San Francisco flat, Olwen Nia Evans, Wynn for short, has been having unsettling dreams about her family’s past in Wales. But her dreams don’t match up with what she’s been told by her dying grandmother, Rhiannon. On the other side of the world, in London, a boy named Gareth Lewis is having disturbing dreams about a frightening encounter with a ghost. A ghost named Olwen Nia Evans.
When he looks for Olwen’s name online, Gareth connects with Wynn in San Francisco as she is preparing to move with her family to fulfill Rhiannon’s last wish to die in Wales. Once Wynn arrives in Wales, she and Gareth join forces to discover the truth of the lost soul that’s haunting them both.
This YA/Juvenile ghost story/mystery really held my attention. Yes, I figured out the mystery early on, but I’m not the intended target audience.
I enjoyed reading the Welsh proverbs that began each chapter and being immersed in the Wales setting and history during this novel. The fact that Wynn and Gareth took such an interest in their family histories was wonderful and maybe would inspire teen readers of this book to do the same.
Both Wynn and Gareth were highly likeable and very believable characters. Their initial awkwardness and hesitancy toward each other seemed very typical of that age group and I laughed out loud more than once at the thoughts in their heads. The only aspect of their relationship I had a problem with was the mention of the “electricity” and “static charge” they felt whenever they touched. Their feelings toward each other were obvious and those phrases just seemed out of place in this book.
The Truth Against The World is due to be published June 8, 2014 and I would highly recommend it to ages 12+ for a fun and interesting read.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.