Rapier-wielding teenage ghostbusters!
Isnt that enough? I suppose youre going to want a proper review.
Firstly, Stroud comes up with an elegant excuse for teenagers being the
protagonists of a mystery thriller, and getting themselves into life-threatening
situations. Theyre young enough to see, hear and otherwise sense the presence of
Visitors otherwise known as ghosts, and old enough to be able do something
about it. Such as find the source, the object or location through which the ghost enters
the world and neutralise it.
Secondly, he can write exciting, funny, scary and evocative prose; the
sort that draws you in and makes you want to keep reading. Its a tad formal, almost
Victorian in tone, which had me confused as to when the novel was meant to be set. I was
also left wondering just how old the personnel of Lockwood & Co. actually are, which
may be a deliberate ploy on the part of the author, in order to broaden his potential
Certainly Id be happy to give this book to any child from about
twelve years of age who was looking for a good scary ghost story, but have caution with
younger ones or sensitive children, you might well give them nightmares. Oh, and its
a fun read for adults, too.