Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
Something else NOT on my summer reading list (of course). This novella is in the same world as Sparrow Hill Road, but stands alone, and takes us farther.
It isn't the story so much that is special, although it is interesting, or the characters, who are well drawn but familiar types. It is the world and the little things making it up that hook into my head and draw me in. This is a one sitting read. It compels you to complete it.
Jenna is, yes, a ghost, and she has a sad event and a goal that keep her in this world, but she'd looking to earn her way into the next. It's not her story that kept me reading, but her experience of the world and how it was conveyed until I was hip deep in the water and getting ready to duck under.
I'm now eagerly awaiting the (pre-ordered) next book in the Ghost Roads series.