Hadley’s Reviews

Hadleys HauntingI have to brag a little bit. Hadley’s Haunting had been getting some awesome reviews lately. I’m so happy about them that I have to share a couple here.

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So, without further ado…

The reviews!




5.0 out of 5 stars Hadley’s Haunting by J. Rudolph, August 27, 2013

By ?wazithinkin (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Hadley’s Haunting (Kindle Edition)

Hadley Conley has a perfect life; she is in love and about to graduate from high school. She has plans to head off to college with her boyfriend Seth after summer vacation, eventually get married, have children, and live happily ever after. But plans change when she is murdered walking home alone after a party.

Hadley seems to have it all; she has no real enemies at school, parents who love each other, and a caring boyfriend. Her head is in the clouds when she decides to walk home from a graduation party, after all it is just a few blocks from her house, and nothing could go wrong, right? Ms. Rudolph captured Hadley’s invincible spirit in this story. When she is attacked on the way home we are right there with her. This story is told through her eyes, even as she wakes up dead and her spirit struggles to come to grips with that fact.

Ms. Rudolph showed a realistic grasp of the teenage mind as Hadley tried to make sense of her death and how this tragedy affected her closest friends. One of the most haunting elements is how Hadley’s spirit affected her parents. Hadley struggles to solve her own murder as she learns about new abilities she now possesses.

The plot moves forward at a realistic pace as Hadley’s misjudgments and mistakes come into play. She is no super hero with awesome powers in this story. She never saw the person who killed her and the police have very little evidence to go on. When Hadley notices a girl watching her, she is delighted to have a person she can communicate with. Cailynn can see and talk to ghosts and together they investigate the likely suspects. The twist toward the end of the story was compelling and something I never saw coming. There are monsters in the most unsuspecting places. This heartbreaking story left me with a satisfied feeling of hope that healing will now begin for all who were touched by these tragic events. Nice job, Ms. Rudolph.

I found no significant editing issues.

**Originally written for “Books and Pals” book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** August 24, 2013


5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Pleasure!, August 25, 2013

By WHO loves Jane Austen “Diane D” (Lancaster, PA) – See all my reviews


This review is from: Hadley’s Haunting (Kindle Edition)

How can you resist a book with the first line “My life was perfect until the day it wasn’t”. Hadley, an 18 year old girl on the brink of adulthood, is murdered and her ghost decides that the only way she will move on is to find her killer.
The story is well written and hard to put down. As Hadley tries to figure out how to get on with her existence she comes face to face with the grief of those she left behind. The scenes with her parents are heartbreakingly well written.
The resolution of her case was a surprise to me and the closing scenes were touching.
This is not the genre that I normally read but all in all I think it is well written and an enjoyable story.


4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fascinating Ghost Story, August 23, 2013

This review is from: Hadley’s Haunting (Kindle Edition)
J. Rudolph’s “Hadley’s Haunting” is a great read. It’s a young-aduld ghost story – the tale of Hadley, a teenaged girl who finds herself dead (no spoiler here – it’s how the book opens!). We’re right with Hadley as she experiences her own death…but she’s still here, on Earth. She quickly realizes that she’s a ghost and she decides that in order to move on (not that she knows exactly what that’ll mean) she must figure out who killed her.

We follow her as she “learns the ropes” of the afterlife and meets a girl who’s the only living person able to see her. With the help of her new friend Cailynn, will Hadley be able to unravel the mystery of her murder and identify her killer?

This is a quick read (only 140 pages) and it’s very compelling and difficult to put down. The story is told in the first person, from Hadley’s perspective, and the author shows us glimpses of Hadley’s past life while she tries to figure out who ended it, and why.

Hadley’s voice is (forgive the pun) lively and engaging, and the writing is clean and clear. The mystery takes a couple of twists and turns and the author does a good job of throwing some surprises at the reader.

This is a very solid YA novel, and I’d definitely recommend it, as well as looking out for other work by the author.

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