Book Review: Picture the Dead by: Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown


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Publish Date:
May 1, 2010

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A ghost will find his way home.

Jennie Lovell's life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

After losing her parents and her brother, falling in love with Will was Jennie Lovell's last opportunity for happiness. But then she lost him too...

As Jennie tries to mend the pieces of her broken life, she feels an eerie presence from something otherworldly...something that won't let her leave the past behind. 

Review: Picture the Dead combines the interest in spiritualism that was rampant during the American Civil War with a story of soldiers who fought in the war and the families they left behind. So many died that it’s not unusual for their family members to seek knowledge of their loved ones through mediums and spirit photography. Also in this era, women were in a precarious position - dependent on the men in their lives for support, their entire futures could easily be destroyed if their male caretaker is killed or incapacitated. Jennie keeps a scrapbook of writings, clippings, letters, notes, and photographs – all the items she needs to keep her loved ones alive.

With illustrations that mimic the look of a Civil War scrapbook kept by our heroine, Jennie Lovell, who together with her twin brother has been raised for the last four years by her aunt and uncle alongside their two sons, Will and Quinn, tells her story.

Picture the Dead makes an important contribution to Civil War novels and would be an excellent purchase any reader who enjoys a good mystery and ghost story.


  1. I was not very impressed with this one. i was expecting more and it kind of fell short for me. But I'm glad you liked it!

  2. I've never even heard of this one, but I'm willing to give it a go.

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  3. This one looks so good! I can't wait to get my hands on it!


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