A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR, by Laura Amy Schlitz
IndieBound Description: Maud Flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence. So when the charming Miss Hyacinth chooses her to take home, the girl is pleased but baffled, until it becomes clear that she’s needed to help stage elaborate séances for bereaved patrons. As Maud is drawn deeper into the deception, playing her role as a "secret child," she is torn between her need to please and her growing conscience —- until a shocking betrayal shows just how heartless her so-called guardians are. Filled with fascinating details of turn-of-the-century spiritualism and page-turning suspense, this lively novel features a feisty heroine whom readers will not soon forget.
My thoughts: This is a little bit older than most of the books I recommend, but I think it is the perfect read for Halloween. It's gripping, melodramatic, a little creepy and you won't be able to put it down. You'll also never hear the word hyacinth and simply think of the flower again, either.