Wednesday, November 28, 2018

"No. I'm being ironic. Or is it sarcastic? I can never remember."

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

This was my first ever ghost story and I put it off for far too long because it was a ghost story and I didn't read them. Oh the irony, get it? Get it?

Moving on.

Set in an alternate, modern London where hauntings exist, known as The Problem, this book is told through the account of Lucy, a young agent who moves to London to work with one of the big agency which solve The Problem. Instead, she ends up with the smallest agency, run by Anthony Lockwood, a reckless nut whom you can't help falling in love over, and his "friend" George. Lucy, Lockwood, and George, like only children and teens can do, can see ghosts and fight them, adults cannot see them but can sense them and be killed by then.

At the start of the book the team destroys a house during one of their cases and is sent to redeem their mistake by facing one of the worse hauntings London knows of.

This book is a good balance of humor and good, old fashioned spooky. The characters are fun and have the right mix of friendship with each other and wanting to strangle each other in their sleep. For a ghost story I can safely say it is a lot of fun to read, and there are parts that make it extra creepy to read in the dark at bedtime. (The room which turned red? The monks? Yeah, definitely creepy.)

Well worth reading.

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