What do a nerd, a goth chick, and a ghost girl all have in common? Much more than you might think in N.J. Hanson’s “An Empty Swing.” One day while escaping the school bully, Luis our loveable nerd, takes refuge in the local park when he can finally he meets Alice, whom he soon discovers is a ghost. Trying to find out more about ghosts he befriends Serena Ravenwood, you guessed it, the goth chick. Although all three of these characters seem to have nothing in common they are connected in ways they would never imagine. Together they must find a local arsonist and try and find out what happened to Alice. I don’t want to reveal much of the plot because there are some nice surprises that I wouldn’t want to ruin.
I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy and intriguing read. I think it’s aimed at young adults, but there are some triggers I would warn about before hand (ie Alice’s murder). I thought the author did these scenes well, without needing to go into graphic detail but still giving enough information to still get the right emotions across. This book had a little bit of everything, and sometimes that because a little formulaic. Out of 5 stars I would give this book a 4. It did drag out a little in places, but overall a well written and exciting read. The kindle edition of this book is available for purchase here.