Frost by Marianna Baer

Leena Thomas has it all. She’s a senior at a prestigious boarding school, she’s  on her way to a good college, though which one she’s isn’t sure yet. And her and her two best friends – Viv and Abby – just moved into Frost house. A quaint house located just on the outskirts of campus. Leena plans for a great senior year.

There’s only one small hitch to her plan – artsy, over the top Celeste Lazar is going to be her new roommate.  Leena has always found Celeste difficult to deal with, and now thanks to her, Leena’s perfect senior year plan is down the tubes. There’s only one redeeming aspect of the situation: David, Celeste’s very cute older brother.

Leena decides to make the best of a bad situation, and finds herself biting her tongue most of the time. But as the semester moves forward she quickly realizes that Celeste’s behavior is erratic and downright bizarre. She blames Frost house, saying it’s haunted, saying that some haunted force is trying to kill her. She has the bruises and the broken vases to prove it. But Leena isn’t quick to believe it. It’s not possible. Leena has always found Frost house, and Celeste’s closet, no matter how dark and dank Celeste thinks it is, comforting.

Is Front house sucking Leena in, while forcing Celeste out?

Marianna Baer’s debut novel, Frost, is an exhilarating read that will send chill’s up and down reader’s spines.

Frost is the kind of book one shouldn’t read in the dark, alone at night, or right before settling down for a good night’s sleep. It’s not only atmospheric, it’s full of suspense and has some very creep-tastic moments. For example, various truths are revealed to Leena while in Celeste’s closet, but are they from her subconscious, or is the house whispering these truths to her?

Frost is well written.The dialog is quick-witted and authentically appealing. And it’s characters all have their own secrets which adds to the suspense of the book. Baer has woven a multi – layered story that is twisted, yet believable. Readers will be left guessing as to what was really going on behind closed doors at Frost house.

While Baer doesn’t discuss whether or not Frost house is actually haunted, it does not detract from the overall story. In fact, her leaving out those facts leaves Frost open to reader’s interpretations. Making Frost , not only a great read, but a great read that can be discussed over and over again.