Haunt by Curtis Jobling

cover46043-mediumHow did I get the book?  Netgalley, thank you Simon and Schuster UK Children’s
& I bought my own copy.

Genre: Paranormal

Synopsis: When Will finds himself in hospital, but unable to make anyone see or hear him, he realises that he never made it home from his first date with the school hottie. Knocked off his bike in a road traffic accident, Will is now officially dead – and a ghost. But somehow his best mate, Dougie, can still see him, and, once they’ve exhausted all the comic possibilities of being invisible, they decide to delve into the truth behind a school rumour – whether there really is an unhappy spirit haunting the ruins in the school grounds, and if so, why? What they discover is a long-buried mystery, which stretches its fingers right into the present…

200words (or less) review: I requested Haunt on a whim and what a good whim it turned out to be. I enjoyed it a lot and was happy to find out there will be a sequel and most of you know how rarely I like sequels/trilogies.

Despite the fact that Haunt begins with Will dying it is a fun book. Though there are emotional moments, which I think Curtis Jobling handles very well. Once Will realises his best friend can see him, he shows up in Dougie’s room. After the initial shock of Will being a ghost and Dougie’s suspicious taste in music is over they begin their quest on figuring out why Will is still there.

The friendship between Will and Dougie is what made the book for me. I know Will is dead but poor Dougie puts up with a lot. I thought the banter was great and at times I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself.

Haunt’s mystery wasn’t as difficult to figure out as I hoped but I didn’t really mind as I was having such a good time reading.

Looking forward to see what Haunt 2 is like.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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