If you’re in the mood for a strange creepy story, have I ever got the book for you! It’s called How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found by Sara Nickerson.
Here’s the Amazon blurb:
Margaret’s father died in a mysterious drowning accident when she was eight years old. Four years later, her mother still won’t talk about it — in fact, she doesn’t talk about much of anything. But when Margaret’s mother takes her and her little sister, Sophie, to a strange abandoned mansion and puts a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign in the front yard, Margaret is determined to solve the puzzle of her family, once and for all.
Armed with three strange clues — a swimming medal, a key, and a handwritten comic book — Margaret returns to the mansion alone. With the help of Boyd, the lonely, comic-book-obsessed boy next door, she discovers that truth can be stranger than fiction — depending on who’s telling the story.
And here’s the first paragraph:
Most stories start at the beginning, but I really can’t say I know where that is. Is it in a falling-down mansion on a small island in the Pacific Northwest, or in the navy blue pickup truck making its way to that mansion? Does it start on a sunny day this year, or a sunny day twenty years before? Is it with me, or with a young boy who, a long, long time ago, believed he was turning into a rat? I guess the only thing I do know is where it started for me—in that navy blue pickup heading toward a place I didn’t know existed. A place that had already changed my life.
This is an older book, published in 2002. The story was mysterious and a bit bizarre and full of delicious creepiness. There were only two things that bothered me: that the mother smoked constantly in front of the kids and that Margaret called her mother by her first name. But it definitely caught my imagination and kept me turning pages to find out what was going to happen next! I highly suggest you give it a try!