The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud #BookReview

Title: The Screaming Staircase | Series: Lockwood & Co. bk 1 | Author: Jonathan Stroud (site) | Publisher: Disney Hyperion | Pub Date: 2014-8-26 | Pages: 416 | ISBN13: 9781484785164 | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2016-2-11 | Source: Library |

The Screaming Staircase

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .-Goodreads

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The Screaming Staircase Review

I loved it! You absolutely must read this. This was a fantastic read by an obviously very talented author. In Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase, Stroud gives us three unique, somewhat quirky, characters that are as stubborn as they are young. It is an absolute delight to watch the bonds forming between young Lucy, George, and Anthony Lockwood as she is brought on board.

Set in an alternate reality where ghosts and other things that haunt the night are a true problem that everyone has to worry about, the world that Stroud creates has the flavor of old and new blended together. Magnesium flares and electricity go hand-in-hand with rapiers, and the atmosphere serves to keep you just enough off-balance that you’re constantly on the edge of your seat.

Its hard to believe this is a children’s book, to be honest. I didn’t realize it was until I’d actually looked it up on Goodreads. So superbly well-written that even adults will be able to enjoy this tale of plucky youngsters forging a path and making a name for themselves. The scenes at Comb Carey Hall are enough to make you shiver. Especially what happens in the Red Room. The Screaming Staircase will send shudders down your spine. The resolution was perfect, and the sort of wrap up that would make Arthur Conan Doyle proud if he wrote Sherlock for a younger crowd.

This is a great kid’s book that even adults can enjoy, and I, for one, will definitely be reading more in this series from Jonathan Stroud.

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