Homicide Detective Alex Drummond is confronted with the past through his son's innocent question. Alex's tale of his troubled senior year unfolds revealing loss, drunken abuse, and mysterious visions of murder and demonic children. Is he going insane? With the help of his close friend Paige Kurtley, Alex must find the source of his misfortune and ensure his sanity. (From Amazon)
I saw this book described as "paranormal coming of age," and I can't think of a better description. As Alex is dealing with the loss of his father and learning to deal with his mother's new husband, The Drunk, he's also handling the pains of high school. To make matters worse, he realizes then when he touches objects that belonged to people that have died, he relives their deaths.
This book pulled me in from the beginning. I could easily relate to the characters and a lot of what they were going through. The sequences going into the past were also easy to follow, not so far fetched as to be off-putting. Alex did a project for school involving the Civil War and the corresponding visions were especially interesting to me, and a great use of the idea.
There's a second book out now, The Golden Bulls, and I'm hoping to see even more in the future.