I love reading Marcus Sedgwick's work because his books are not just strange in comparison to other authors' work, but even in comparison to his own. With elements of suspense, horror, mystery, realistic fiction, and romance, often in the same exact book, you're never sure what you're going to get. I prefer to read his books knowing as little as possible about the plot. However, if you're the kind of reader who would rather know what you're getting into, try one of my suggestions.
She is Not Invisible, which follows Laureth, a blind sixteen-year-old living in London, as she and her brother embark on a secret trip to the United States to find their father, whom Laureth believes has gone missing. Their father is a writer, and they have only his notebook, filled with increasingly cryptic and obsessive entries about coincidence, to guide them. Sedgwick's excellent pacing and mastery of tension pull you along. You'll be turning the pages at breakneck pace to find out if everything turns out okay.
White Crow demonstrates one of Sedgwick’s most impressive skills: His ability to weave together completely unrelated storylines into a book that you can’t stop reading. It ties together the formation of an unlikely friendship between two girls and a series of grisly experiments from their town’s past. The fact that you don’t know what’s going on until well into the novel might be frustrating for some readers. However, if you stick with it you will be rewarded with a supremely uneasy read ending in a great twist.
In My Swordhand is Singing, Sedgwick adds his spin to the vampire theme.
He takes the trope back to its origins. His vampires aren't misunderstood, romantic heroesHe sets a coming-of-age story against a backdrop of an isolated village in the midst of dense Transylvanian forest, and adds tragedy and family secrets for good measure. The story continues in The Kiss of Death.
By far my favorite of Sedgwick’s novels, and one of my all-time favorite books in general, is Midwinterblood. This Printz Award winner is possibly the strangest and most beautiful book I’ve ever read. Set on a Scandinavian island famous for an orchid that might or might not hold the secret of immortality, it switches narration between seven different people (among them a reporter from the future, a vampire, a ghost, and a Viking--how's that for variety?) and spans centuries. If you want a book that makes you think "There's no way this can work," and then somehow pulls off a remarkable feat in the most awesome way possible, then you want to read Midwinterblood.