The story starts off with Ryan writing that something terrible has happened. To build the suspense Patrick Carman doesn't let you in on what exactly has happened until you get a little ways into the book. Which leaves you guessing as to what terrible this this high school student could have gotten into that has made his parents ground him (basically for life) and forbid him from seeing his best friend. I confess that the first three times I read this book, watching Sarah's videos made me jump. I won't ruin the story, but let's just say there's a ghost involved. Patrick Carman does an excellent job of keeping you guessing through the whole book. And just to keep you on your toes, doesn't reveal anything until the sequel, Ghost in the Machine, which is just as good. In fact there are several books in this series, so if you like Skeleton Creek, chances are good you'll like the rest of them.
I like Patrick Carman's style of writing because he firmly places inside of the main characters mind. There's no guess what his motives are, because if the character is thinking it you can access it pretty easily. As I may have mentioned before this story is full of suspense, although I recommend you not read this book at night or on a stormy day. I readily identified with Ryan because, like him, I'm usually the cautious one. The person saying, "Hey guys, I don't know if this is a good idea." Sarah on the other hand is full steam ahead, never mind the consequences.
I give this book 5 stars. I first read this book about 3 years ago and I think to date I've read it about 10 times.