Author: Elizabeth Chandler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: Jan 2011
Anna O'Neill knows her family is a little crazy. But when she goes to visit her aunt and uncle for the summer and learns that her uncle's charred body has been found, her life reaches a new level of insanity. According to the local town gossip, all the O'Neill women are psychic or psychotic, and with her erratic aunt's 'psychic' abilities, exaggerated by grief, making her more unstable than ever, perhaps even dangerous, Anna is struggling to pick up the pieces and establish any sense of normality. Anna desperately wants to trust Zack, the cute boy next door, but it seems even he might know more than he's letting on.
But when Anna starts to feel an unexplainable pull to the site of her uncle's murder, she begins to believe that maybe her family's supernatural gifts are real after all. Torn between loyalty and suspicion, Anna is certain of only one thing; she must discover who killed her uncle before she ends up in ashes herself…
Dark Secrets 3: The Back Door of Midnight is the 3 book in the republished series but is actually the first book in the original Dark Secrets set of books. The previous 2 in the reprint contained 2 books each. The Back Door of Midnight is a YA paranormal murder mystery set in the same location of the previous books, Wisteria (no not Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives).
The main character, Anna O’Neill has psychic visions and goes about trying to solve the murder mystery of Uncle Will. There is a link between her Uncle’s murder and the murder of her mother years before.
There is an element of romance throughout the murder and mayhem as well, but that is not the main focus of this book.
A quick and satisfying read.