From GoodReads: When Emma Vaile’s parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age “knight in J.Crew armor,” Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.
After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can’t shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can’t explain, as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Emma doesn’t trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he’s about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.
Deception is a fantastic start to a new series. Nichols takes the lore of ghost hunting and taming and turns it into a well organized secret society that takes care of pesky ghosts.
Emma is your average high school student who is going through some things at school and with her best friend when her parents decide to go antique hunting for an undetermined amount of time. The social services finds out she has been living pretty much alone and take her into custody.
A friend of Emma’s brother comes to take her before she goes into foster care and takes her to his museum house where the servants are ghosts. Freaked out and not knowing what her talents are Emma has a hard time fitting in at her new posh private school.
I loved the elements that Nichols put into the book and the way she used the lore of ghosts and other creepy things. This is a definite must read if you enjoy really fun paranormal with like-able well fleshed out characters.
If you liked Hearts at Stake or Hex Hall you will love Haunting Emma! Check out the blog to win your own copy of Deception, and my interview with Emma!