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Vikki Wakefield’s ‘Ballad for a Mad Girl’

‘Ballad for a Mad Girl is a departure of sorts for Vikki Wakefield, who is better known for writing gritty urban reality than supernatural thrillers. And yet it isn’t an awkward fit. Wakefield’s usual trademarks—her ventures into the darker parts of the adolescent psyche, her preoccupations with absent parents—are very...

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