In Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper, Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.
When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.
Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child. – Goodreads
Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper Review
First off (and really my only criticism of Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper): Why’s it gotta have a girl in a sexy pose on the cover? I actually overlooked this book several times because of that ridiculously cliche cover. Please don’t be fooled by it. The story inside is actually much better than that sad excuse for a typical eye-candy piece would lead you to believe.
I read this book immediately after reading Matheson’s Hell House. It’s interesting, because in a lot of ways the two books were opposite sides of the same Haunted House coin. Hell House was full of gruesome images, lots of shock factor writing, and one of the darkest pieces of action packed writing you can read in this particular subgenre of thriller and/or horror. Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper had very few disturbing images, relied more on atmosphere than shock factor, and was one of the more clean pieces. I wouldn’t quite call it “Teen” or “Young Adult”, but I’d have no problems recommending it to either of those age groups. The only thing that might be off-putting is there is vivid descriptions of a ghost that was a druggie before he died, so it talks about him being stuck with heroin needles and such. Whereas Hell House I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under the age of 18.
To be honest, I actually liked this book more than I liked Hell House. Not because of the cleanness of it, but because Hell House sort of fizzled on the ending, whereas Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper gave me a strong (if typical) ending that left me feeling satisfied with the story as a whole.
Overall, a strong, fun read that kept me turning the pages relentlessly until the very end. I loved the characters, the pacing, the setting, and the tension building. Great start and perfect follow-through. Highly recommended. Might even look further into the series!
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