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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2013
Ghost-hunting for killer ghosts and an unsolved murder mystery! What's not to like?
Don't let the fact that this was written for "young adults" stop you from reading it - if you do then you are missing out on a refreshing and fun experience!
I absolutely love this book!
Bring on "The Whispering Skull"...
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on 10 November 2013
I bought this book because I really enjoyed the Bartimaeus trilogy and really liked the author's writing. Yet again, Johnathon Stroud creates an original and engaging story. I started it on a Saturday night and ended up sitting in and reading the whole thing in a couple of hours. It's probably aimed at people slightly younger than me but I didn't care, I really liked the story and the idea of a haunted Britain. Will definitely buy the next book!
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on 31 August 2014
This is the first book I have read by Jonathan Stroud but it certainly won't be my last !
Other reviews talk about the plot but what I loved were the characters and the fabulously creepy atmosphere. Jonathan's writing is full of clever imagery and if can't wait for the next instalment !
I will be recommending this to all my book loving friends and seeking out everything else he has written. Hugely enjoyable - A five star book for me !
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on 29 December 2013
I was a big fan of the Bartimaeus (sp?) trilogy - although I am far too old for children's books, I do seem to come back to them again and again as they are so fast-paced and fun. Although I'm normally a bit 'meh' about ghost stories, I really enjoyed this and read it all at once over a weekend. The characters are brilliant, and the world it's all set in is fascinating too. I am already looking forward to the rest of the series.
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on 18 August 2014
This is an excellent book, with lots of adventure and a really good plot which is about teenage ghost hunters, even though I bought this book for my daughter,i read it and I read it with pleasure, it was so well written and has lots of adventure, that makes you want to turn the pages and keep going.You will not be sorry buying or reading this book. I am just waiting for the next book, which comes out soon, and I can't wait!!!!
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on 11 February 2014
This book is amazing. I never read books - my Kindle's full of them but I never get past the first chapter (I find I either get bored or distracted). This one's different. I sat and read it solidly until I'd finished it (unable to go to sleep until I knew how it ended) and there you have it. The best book I've ever read. Funny, scary, exciting - everything you could want.

HIGHLY recommend.
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on 11 June 2015
What a fantastic book! The book tell the tale of an agency of ghost hunters who are called to solve a particularly troublesome case in order to save their business. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in about 3 days. I felt a bit sad once I had read the book because I didn't have any more pages to read so I now have a 'collection' of Jonathan Stroud books!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
A very enjoyable read, suitably chilling and creepy without gore, excellent story-telling (although I did guess one of the plot lines) and interesting setting (England, except you don't really know what year it is).

I liked the ending despite the fact that I was reminded of the line from the Scooby Doo cartoons "... and I would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for those pesky kids!"

Look forward to reading more in the series
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on 18 November 2014
I really loved it. For me it was written in a style that I enjoyed. It was great story telling by an author with a good sense of humour. The main characters are likeable, I cared about them. The atmosphere was creepy and exciting. I am much older than the intended audience (ahem, 43), but hey, I love a good story!! Thank you Jonathan Straud.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2013
Mr Stroud has done it again! Being a great fan of Bart's series I did wonder if I would enjoy this book as much. My apprehension was short lived, the story and characters were engaging and engrossing. The world that was created was believable, intriguing and at times very eerie. In short it was a rip roaring read and I would recommend to all. I very much look forward to more from Lockwood & Co.
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