Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review: The Screaming Staircase

13555073 The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .

Another library find. While I feel I would have enjoyed the 'spooky' parts more when I was younger (Middle grade, or high school age) I still really enjoyed this one! I didn't find it very scary like I've seen others mention, but for a kid's book, it definitely has some places that make you want to read with the lights on! I loved the characters, especially Lockwood and his friendship with Lucy, but all of the characters were well written and interesting.

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