As a new teacher in a small Midwestern town, Torey meets eight-year-old Jadie, a child so wounded by the events in her life that she believes she is a ghost.
A fragile, delicately balanced relationship builds between the two, but the more Torey struggles to unlock the mystery of Jadie’s pain, the more frightening Jadie’s story becomes. The things she says to Torey, whether obscure or shockingly clear, amount to a series of clues in a real-life detective story tinged with fear and fantasy. The more Torey learns, the more convoluted the puzzle of Jadie’s life outside school becomes.
The child’s preoccupation with strange symbols and perverted sex acts seems to point to an interpretation even Torey is unwilling to acknowledge. Is it possible that Jadie is a victim of ritual abuse? Or appalling sexual abuse? Or the tortured imaginings of a seriously disturbed child?
With her inimitable blend of compassion, insight and masterful storytelling, Torey Hayden once more shows us the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit. Narrated with honesty and humanity, GHOST GIRL is both an insightful account of the problems of dealing with suspected child abuse and an utterly gripping psychological horror story.
Where Are They Now?
Hugh is now in his fifties. He has remained single and has no children. He now lives in Canada.
I’m supposed to give a synopsis of my life? Yeh, sure, Torey! Hi, everyone! I’m not married to Torey. You probably guessed that. I’m not married at all. Once was enough for me. What Torey didn’t tell you in the books is that I am a native American. About ten years ago I started getting more in tune with my heritage, so I’ve left the city life behind. I’m now teaching alternative medicine at a small institute dedicated to supporting native beliefs, so I’m living the good life surrounded by really beautiful scenery. What more could I ask?
Jadie is in her late twenties now and working on a doctorate in medieval English literature. She still finds it difficult to talk about her childhood. She was asked but declined to contribute to this page.