She tried to ignore them. But some things won’t be ignored.
Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.
The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.
But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.
Blurbs and Reviews
“In THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS, K.C. Tansley has crafted a compelling, magic-tinged mystery that spans generations. At once haunting, poignant, and tragically romantic, THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS is not to be missed. Ignore at your own peril.”
—Chris F. Holm, Anthony and Spinetingler Awards nominee and author of the critically acclaimed Collector Trilogy
“Castles, curses, ghosts, and vivid characters fill this wonderfully spooky story from K.C. Tansley. You won’t want to put it down.”
—Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author of the Country Cooking School Mystery Series and indie author of the YA time-travel novel Clockwork
“The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is a fascinating blend of mystery, romance, time travel, and ghosts. The small, seaside town setting and gothic atmosphere instantly pulled me in, and the complex, carefully plotted storyline kept me hooked. K.C. Tansley took time travel to a whole new level, and I loved it from start to finish!”
—Page Morgan, author of the YA gothic thriller The Beautiful & The Cursed
“The novel’s murder mystery is intriguing and grows more complex as its supernatural elements are unveiled.”
“By centering her supernatural world on the concept of belief, adult author Tansley (The Six Train to Wisconsin, writing as Kourtney Heintz) gives her story a complex and unusual framework, and having the formerly possessed Kat become a possessor herself, as she inhabits another woman’s body while in the past, puts a neat spin on conventional ghost story motifs.”
“Those who enjoy suspense, ghost stories, and a little hint of romance are sure to devour Tansley’s novel.” —
— Foreword Reviews
“This well-written young adult debut, with its intriguing mix of mystery, romance, ghosts, and time travel, should appeal to teen fans of light horror as well as those who enjoy a compelling mystery and supernatural encounters against a historical backdrop.”
— VOYA Magazine
“What we have is a sublime, engaging YA paranormal story that demonstrates the evocative talent of its writer. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in this series.”
—Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review by Lit Amri
“This book gets five stars from me because it’s a great read, a quick read, and it keeps the reader wanting more. I can’t wait for the second book to come out.”
—Goth Girl Reads
“…a very good little ghost story with some good characters and background. Four Stars.”
—Melissa Martin’s Reading List
“K.C. Tanlsey has brought all the atmosphere of ghost stories to life in a riveting read that promises to entertain from start to finish. There is a steady flow, lots of mystery and, of course ghosts, the only things missing are the campfire and the marshmallows!”
“She [Tansley] has a unique take on traditional ghost telling and her cleverness is in every chapter! I recommend going ahead and pre-ordering this one! You won’t be sorry!
—Rebekkah Jane and Destiny Philipose’s Book Reviews
“It had many plot twists that I never saw coming. I really hope that there will be a second book! 5/5 stars”
—Jen Surma @BookAddict526 Blog
“5 Stars…Author KC Tansley has written an engaging story that will immediately hook and draw the reader right into her world of mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance, betrayal, curses, spells and the paranormal along with its many twists and turns that can’t be foreseen in a place where nothing is as it first appears. I know one thing for sure, I have found a new favorite author and cannot wait to read more books by this amazing and brilliant author!!”
—Eternal Book Reviews by Holly Kirsch-Newhouse
“Tansley created a great cast of interesting characters. The dialogue and writing in general was compelling and I found myself reading through the entire thing in one sitting. At one point I got a Withering [sic] Heights vibe from the story which was very cool.”
—Cherry at the Bookish Blog