Dead Set, by Richard Kadrey

An interesting, if bleak, story about a 16-year-old girl in a new town, who falls under the sway of mysterious record store owner Emmett, who promises her that she can talk to her late father. Exceptional world-building here, as Zoe journeys to an extraordinary afterlife, a holding pen for souls, run by an evil queen. The dread and suspense are high, and that, along with a fair bit of gore, and disturbing ideas about the afterlife, have me recommend it for 16 and up.

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