Synopsis: 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…
200words (or less) review: I nearly missed this, not sure why The Screaming Staircase didn’t catch my attention, maybe it’s because I’ve not read anything by Jonathan Stroud before (imagine this will be rectified) but I saw it at StorytellersInc and decided to pick it up. I rarely buy hardbacks but this book is worth every penny.
I loved it.
It’s not often that you get the story, character and writing to work together so perfectly. Don’t ask me to find a fault in this book because I’m going to struggle.
It ended – there that’s a fault.
The book is split into parts, all narrated by Lucy. There are complete sections I could highlight as to why the writing and imaginary is so brilliant, not to mention everything else. I liked all the characters, the banter between Lockwood and Lucy works so well but for some reason its George that I remember the most.
The Screaming Staircase is complete book, I can’t wait to read the next mystery but I don’t feel short-changed or that the story is any less because this is part of a series.
I’m so glad I took a chance on this because I really would have missed out otherwise.