Monday, November 23, 2015

House of Whispers by J.L. Bryan [Review]

 House of Whispers by J.L. Bryan
House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #5) by J.L. Bryan
Format: paperback
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: October 2, 2015

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
1. Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
2. Cold Shadows
3. The Crawling Darkness
4. Terminal
5. House of Whispers - Paperback | Kindle

J.L. Bryan
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
The luxurious Lathrop Grand Hotel is a Savannah institution that has entertained guests for more than a century and a half, offering some of the finest accommodations in the city. Famously haunted, the hotel draws tourists from around the world eager to encounter its numerous ghosts. The hotel is also known for being honeycombed with hidden doors and secret passages, enabling staff to appear and disappear quickly as they attend to the hotel's guests.

Now some of the spirits in the Lathrop Grand have turned violent, even murderous. Ellie and Stacey must determine which ghost has become dangerous and remove it from the hotel before it can claim any more lives. They soon learn the hotel has secrets even darker than the notorious string of nineteenth-century murders that made it famous, and the powerful entities inhabiting it don't intend to leave without a fight.
Thoughts on House of Whispers: Man, I like these books. They're a little dark, a little gruesome, and flat-out fun. Not only is Ellie a kickass ghost trapper, she has her own history with the supernatural that gives her interactions with those ghosties some added depth.

This time around, Ellie and Stacey have plenty of different entities to unravel the stories behind. The Lathrop being as old as it is with such a varied past leaves them with a lot of history to sort through. As we've come to expect, their interactions with the spirits swing between helpful and murderous. Ellie is her usual determined self and she sticks it out even when things are verging on deadly.

I genuinely enjoy the crazy the team has to dig through to get the whole story and figure out how everything fits together. I REALLY don't know how I feel about the *other* paranormal group that keeps popping up. While I can see some potential for good (a teeny, tiny bit) if Ellie and her team join forces with them, some of the things they're delving into is bordering on creepy.

But that's another story for another book. This book was a solid creep fest with plenty of ghosts to keep our team busy. *slow thumbs up*

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