Monday, 16 January 2017

Book Review: The Keeper [Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #8] by J.L. Bryan


Title: The Keeper
Author: J.L. Bryan
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Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal
Series: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #8
Source: Author
Publication Date: 27th December 2016
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
The South Channel lighthouse is a crumbling antique at the mouth of the Savannah River, abandoned and forgotten for generations. Local stories still tell of a mysterious woman in white who often stood at the old lighthouse, watching the sailors come into port...even long after she died.

Now the property by the lighthouse is owned by a famous movie star in search of a remote beach getaway on sleepy Tybee Island. Unfortunately, old ghosts haunt her new retreat, stirred up by the construction of a luxurious new mansion. Ellie, Stacey, and their team must remove the ghosts, who grow more dangerous and aggressive every night, threatening the lives of the client and her family and personal staff.

The lighthouse has a dark history, with many ghosts, and mysteries to unravel before Ellie can send them on to the other side.
My Thoughts
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."
"What's the deluxe package?" I asked.
"Anything that can be added to make our visit more expensive," Kara said.
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.

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.

Final Verdict
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.

1 comment:

  1. This is a series I haven't heard of before but definitely am interested in! Ghosts are one of my favourite paranormal creatures and have so much potential for great plots! Thanks for the detailed review!

    Uma@Books.Bags.Burgers.

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