Gilda Joyce The Ladies of the LakeTitle: Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake
Author: Jennifer Allison
ISBN: 0525476938
Pages: 339 pages
Publisher/Date: Dutton’s Children’s Books, c2006.

Miss Underhill frowned at Gilda as if she were suddenly speaking a foreign language. “What?”
“You said her ghost rises out of the water screaming. Then what happens?”
“I don’t think I want to find out.”
Gilda’s mind raced with questions. Was Our Lady of Sorrows truly haunted, or was Miss Underhill simply trying to scare her? What were the circumstances surrounding Dolores Lambert’s death by drowning?
Gilda had just made up her mind; she wanted to attend Our Lady of Sorrows. (25-26)

Gilda Joyce has won a scholarship to the prestigious all girls Catholic high school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. While initially skeptical about attending, she’s convinced to attend when she hears about a drowning “accident” that occurred three years ago. She’s anxious to prove her worth as a paranormal investigator, but after her first day at school, she realizes that not everyone is as excited as Gilda to investigate a tragedy. When the girl’s ghost starts haunting some of the students and the school, will this convince Gilda to halt her investigation?

Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison is actually the second in what is currently a trilogy of books detailing Gilda’s mysteries. While I haven’t read the first book, it didn’t appear to be necessary. Gilda Joyce is a spunky character who truly believes that she will eventually become a world famous psychic investigator. However, Gilda possesses no real psychic ability, but she does investigate what she considers paranormal occurances (in this instance, the “haunting” of the school premises and students). Maybe it’s because I attended a school quite similar to Gilda’s, but I was laughing at the characterizations of the students, and so were my friends from school when they heard about it. Being familiar with the Catholic schools in the area, it sounds like they combined two or three of them into one, since there truly is an Our Lady of Sorrows and a school shaped like a castle. Gilda is truly a unique character, and readers will for sure fall in love with her.