Saturday, December 27, 2014

Cold Shadows by J.L. Bryan [Review]

 Cold Shadows by J.L. Bryan
Cold Shadows (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #2) by J.L. Bryan
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: November 22, 2014

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
1. Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
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J.L. Bryan
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Footsteps in the attic. Toys that play by themselves. A dark presence in an upstairs room.

Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan faces a difficult new case. Her new clients are a family haunted by multiple ghosts and a poltergeist that wrecks their home at night. Their seven-year-old son’s invisible friends may not be imaginary at all, but the restless spirits of dead children.

To clear her clients’ house of the dangerous entities, Ellie must unravel the mysterious deaths of another family who lived in the old mansion more than a hundred and sixty years ago—and she must do it before the ghosts can carry out their malevolent designs on her clients and their children.
Thoughts on Cold Shadows: I have to say that I've enjoyed everything J.L. Bryan has written (hoists the fangirl flag with a rousing cheer) and I'm REALLY digging on this new series. Ghosts, mayhem, quirky characters with intriguing back stories, and DANGER, ELLIE JORDAN! DANGER!

One things I'm enjoying is how the past ties in with the present. Ellie has to piece together what happened long ago to figure out how it ties in with her current case. She's working off historical documents and a goodly dose of intuition (although she'd tell you she follows the facts, but I like the leaps she makes) to figure out who's who and why they're acting as they are. And, yes, she does follow the facts more than she intuits. She treats her ghost hunting as a science, even when she invites the resident psychic into her investigation. I just wonder if her run-in with a malevolent spirit when she was younger makes her more open to seeing connections that others might brush aside.

Speaking of the resident psychic, Ellie's love life is sort of a barren wasteland. While I'm not holding my breath that she's going to go for him (that might make things awkward down the line), I am hoping she finds someone who can understand what she does and why she does it.

It might be nice to have someone to lean on after getting thrown down a flight of stairs or two during a rough case.

Bottom line: I'm loving this series and can't wait to see what crazy ghostly shenanigans Ellie and her crew uncover next.

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