The Book Of Love by Kelly Link
Hardcover – Random House – Feb 2024 – 625 pages
Late one night, Laura, Daniel, and Mo find themselves confused and disembodied, blinking under the fluorescent lights of their high school music room. They are greeted by the man they know as their music teacher, who restores the ghostly teens to their corporeal forms with a flick of his fingers and explains: nearly a year ago they went missing from their hometown, the small seaside community of Lovesend, Massachusetts, and have long been presumed dead. Which they are. Desperate to reclaim their lives, the teenagers agree to the terms of a deal that their teacher proposes. Laura, Daniel, and Mo – and a mysterious fourth soul who crossed back over with them – will compete to remain in the mortal realm. They will be given a series of magical tasks; in the meantime, they may return to their families and friends, but they can tell no one where they have been. In the end, there will be winners and losers: Two will remain. Two will return. But their resurrection has attracted the notice of several supernatural figures, all with their own agendas. As Laura, Daniel, and Mo grapple with love, loss, and heartbreak in the lives they left behind, these mysterious others begin to arrive, engulfing Lovesend in danger and chaos, and it becomes imperative that the teens solve the mystery of their deaths to avert the looming disaster.