Each time a new addition to this series lands in my inbox it's a surprise, but one I eagerly look forward to. Throughout this series we have seen multiple types of hauntings and all the different ways Ellie and Stacey go about busting these ghosts, but the arrival of PSI means this ghost fighting duo are not as free as they used to be, and after the last investigation the girls are on a very tight leash, with stricter roles to play and rules to follow.
"We are selling her the fullest package of services we can offer. The deluxe package."PSI are not happy with last investigation, even if it was a success. They want Ellie and Stacey to go on training but don't have the time so enlist them on a new job with strict rules, and a non-disclosure. PSI have been hired by Alyssa Wagner to rid her cottage of ghosts. But in dealing with this investigation Ellie and Stacey find she is very reluctant to share her connection with the old cottage and the adjacent lighthouse. But the arrival of Alyssa's sister Tammy brings a new light to this investigation, and a whole new type of haunting.
"What's the deluxe package?" I asked.
"Anything that can be added to make our visit more expensive," Kara said.
Ellie and Stacey would be my go-to team if I ever needed a ghost busting, not only for thier work ethic but thier ability to get the job done right. I love them as a working team, as well as friends, and like usual Stacey never ceases to amuse me. With the addition of Hayden 'The Hoff' on thier team there is never a dull moment, especially with his failed attempts at flirting with Stacey.
The initial investigation of this cottage brings little results, and as usual, Ellie is still looking for answer on other hauntings, mainly the Scary Houdini ghost, trying to find out who he is and how to get rid of him. which also uses Ellie's ability (she probably wouldn't call it that) to get the job done.
The Keeper is a book that keeps you reading, engrossed in the story and trying to guess when the next haunting will be and what will happen. I love the mystery behind it all, but also how Ellie has a connection with this site too. I liked getting to see Ellie and Stacey turn back the layers trying to find out every minute detail about this cottage, its surprisingly fascinating when someone else is doing all the work. The Keeper also has the creep factor on several occasions, and while I think it would be cool to live in a haunted house, I definitively wouldn't want to live here.
Eight books is a lot when the series is based on repetitive themes, but J.L. Bryan always manages to bring something new to each new book, as well as keeping a few familiar hauntings in place. The Keeper felt like a new book but one that also connected with the previous installments. The more this series continues the more I need to know what will happen in the end, and will they ever catch Anton and get rid of him once and for all.
The Keeper was definitely a creepy read, and really caught my attention. I liked how The Keeper ended but this also leaves me both happy and worried over the outcome of all of it. I am really excited to see what the next book will bring.