The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

After the dramatic events of The Creeping Shadow, the Lockwood team (plus Quill Kipps) deserve some well-earned rest.

So naturally they break into the Fittes Mausoleum, on a perilous mission to discover the truth about London’s top ghost-hunting agency, and its sinister leader.

What they discover will change everything.

But there’s little time to ponder. A near-miss at a haunted fairground is only the start – as the Fittes agency closes in on the team, an epic struggle commences.

With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of ‘the problem’ will finally be revealed.

How did I get the book? I bought it.

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)
The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4)

Genre: Paranormal

Review: Reaching the end of a series that you love is bittersweet. The excitement of reaching the conclusion of all the adventures you’ve been on with characters you’ve grown so attached to vs. knowing it’ll be finished by the final page and you’ll have to leave your friends behind.

As much as I have loved every single book in the Lockwood & Co. series (I keep recommending to everyone and the random person standing next to them), The Empty Grave was weighed down by expectation before I even started. Did it deliver?

All the things that work, the humour, the characters, the way the story is narrated – it’s still there. It’s as before and why would you fix something that isn’t broken? The Empty Grave is a satisfying conclusion to a brilliant series.

If you a thinking starting the series (DO IT) then pick up The Screaming Staircase (which is still my absolute favourite) because parts of this book might work without the whole history but you’re just depriving yourself of all the enjoyment of reading the series from the start.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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