The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

18296529Published August 13th 2013 by Limitless Publishing

After a 24h readathlon I have to say: This series is despite some flaws terrific. I simple couldn’t put it down and read both books in a row. If you are like me into ghost stories, mysteries with serial killer and main characters who don’t rely on boys to save them then this book is for you.

But first the things I didn’t like:

  • The boys: Every male in this story is in one way or the other handsome AND is attracted to Mattie and she in return is attracted to them. I think the story could have done without the many hot boys hitting on Mattie. On the other hand it is way more realistic that way because let’s face it a 16/17-year old is hormonal and it was refreshing somehow to see a girl struggle through puberty and her first romantic encounters.
    One thing though, the main focus of the story is not the romance. Imho, major cookie point here!
  • The writing: I believe the “flow” of the story could have profited from a good editor. Unfortunately many expressions, thoughts and reflections are repetitive and sometimes annoyed me.

Because of those two things, some of the more emotional intended scenes left me rather cold or for lack of a better word “surprised”. I felt like there was not enough care put into the build-up of the romance and romantic interest.

Reasons this would make a terrific TV series?

  • Despite those flaws it was an addicting read. I love a good, scary ghost movie so this book was right up my alley. The author does a great job in bringing the story to life. This is not only an enjoyable ghost mystery and a thriller about a serial killer but impresses with a well-executed, action-filled storyline. There never was a boring moment.  This book is simply said a page-turner from the start with a fast-paced, thrilling plot, full of twists and suspense, lurking ghosts and chilling moments. If you like “Ghost-Whisperer” despite Jennifer Love Hewitt you will love The Ghost Files. Especially the last 30% of the book had me hooked and glued to the pages/kindle.
  • Mattie Hathaway is not your typical young adult heroine. She hits first, thinks later. She has some very big trust-issues, which is not surprising giving her background as foster kid and the fact that her Mom tried to kill her. She is not everybody’s darling and she doesn’t want to be. But she is smart and above all else a survivor. I liked her flawed, witty and snarky character a lot. It makes me happy to see a strong female lead in young adult when so many authors have resorted to a helpless, annoying and boring Mary Sue.

Just read it you will not be disappointed.

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