The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4) by Jonathan Stroud

28501512Lucy has left Lockwood & Co. A freelance operative, she is hiring herself out to other agencies – agencies that might value her ever-improving skills.

But now Lockwood needs her help.

Penelope Fittes, leader of the well-renowned Fittes Agency wants Lockwood & Co. – and only them – to locate and remove the ‘Source’ for the legendary Brixton Cannibal.

It’s a tough assignment. Made worse by the tensions between Lucy and the other agents – even the skull is treating her like a jilted lover!

What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving their closest rivals may just do the trick.

But not all is at it seems. And it’s not long before a shocking revelation rocks Lockwood & Co. to its very core…

Genre: Paranormal

Previously Reviewed:
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)
The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2)
The Dagger in the Desk (Lockwood & Co Novella)
The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3)

Review: We have reached the fourth Lockwood & Co (not including novella here) and by now I would have thought that maybe, just maybe, I could put the book down and not read the whole 500+ pages in one sitting. But no – I carve out the time, get supplies (tea is essential!) and step into the pages with no aim to return until the last sentence is read.

I’ve praised Jonathan Stroud’s brilliant storytelling, the characters and the world they inhabit in my reviews of the previous books so I won’t repeat myself. I’ll only say that all that you love (because you won’t have reached book 4 unless you love this series) about Lockwood & Co is still there.

My favourite part of The Creeping Shadow was the story behind what the Shadow was and how this tied together with other elements of the book. Plus the skull. 😀

Btw, if you a thinking starting the series (DO IT) then pick up The Screaming Staircase (which is still my absolute favourite) because while the hauntings in this book might be standalone, there is just too much going on with the Lucy, George and Lockwood. So if you haven’t joined them on the journey up until this point you’re depriving yourself on a lot of extra character stuff.

The Creeping Shadow is a great continuation of a series I love.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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