Friday, 24 November 2017

Book Review: The Tower [Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #9] by J.L. Bryan


Title: The Tower
Author: J.L. Bryan
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Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
Series: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #9
Source: Author
Publisher: jlbryanbooks.com
Publication Date: 28th October 2017
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Ellie's new case takes her far out of town, to an historic but crumbling nineteenth-century skyscraper in downtown Atlanta. The reclusive, once-prominent family living at the top of the tower are experiencing paranormal disturbances that grow more threatening by the day.

Ellie and Stacey must unravel the hidden history of the tower and the ancestors of the family who occupy it—a history full of crime, corruption, wealth, and power. With floor after floor of dark, haunted spaces, the labyrinthine antique tower presents one of the greatest ghost-trapping challenges that Ellie has ever faced.
My Thoughts
I'm a big fan of the Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper series, and I stalk online book shops eager to find out when I get the next instalment. Thankfully after unsuccessful stalking I soon found a copy of the book in my inbox from the author, and began reading.

As soon as I saw that The Tower was going to be based around a sky scraper I was stupidly excited. Although not technically named a 'sky scraper' and definitely not as tall as one, my own home is a high rise block of flats that is 12 stories high, and I sit right in the middle of the block. I know that lots of old buildings have ghosts or a history to them, and I honestly don't know much about the history of my block, I just know that it's been around since before I was born, and that I have definitely seen something in my flat as I've looked up from the street (yes it was my flat, no it wasn't the b/f he'd long left for work, I'm 100% sure it was my flat because of a fallen wire as well as counting the floors), as well as things constantly disappearing. I love reading about the old fashioned tower block, how extravagant and grandiose they are, and I couldn't wait to dig into the history of this tower block with Ellie and Stacey and uncover it's secrets.

Ellie and Stacey have been hired by Amberly and Thurmond Pennefort, to investigate the strange goings on within the Pennefort building. The family have no where else to stay and are trying to sell the building to recoup some losses and pay off debts left by Thurmond's Uncle. It's to be a quick and quiet affair with as little disruption as possible.

I really do love the working relationship Ellie and Stacey have, they are polar opposites but work well together, their personalities balancing each other out and each knowing what to do next without asking. Just following this series you can see how they have grown as a team, and in Stacey's case, somewhat matured. I loved this little conversation between Stacey and Ellie.
Oh. Well, there's probably something spooky on the thirteenth floor, too. I mean, there kinda has to be, in a creepy old building like this.
I'm not aware of any such law, so let's focus on what's actually been observed.
The Tower was a book that I really enjoyed for many reasons, the story itself, the intricate details of the building and its furnishings, the creepy old lifts, the secret doors, the spooky basement, and the deeper Ellie and Stacey dug, the more that was unearthed....and I loved every dodgy dealing and every seedy detail. I liked that nothing was ever what it seemed, and what you thought was going to happen got flipped around so fast you didn't know what was really going to happen. I think has to be one of the hardest hauntings for the girls to solve, with so much history to research, so many different ghosts to avoid or to ask for help, it's definitely not a simple solution or an easy ride.

The investigation into the building certainly unearths a very dodgy past, with a vengeful ghost intent on causing harm for the rest of the Pennefort's existence and Ellie and Stacey must work fast to uncover what's really going on. Admittedly I wasn't scared reading The Tower, but I was definitly creeped out by what happens, and how it all plays out in the end.......it also makes me want to rethink any wishful dreams I had of sleeping in one of these super extravagant apartments (you know, when I win some kind of lottery)

Final Verdict
I think I say this after every Ellie Jordan book, but The Tower has got to be my favourite so far. It kept me on my toes trying to solve the mystery and figure it all out. It also kept me on edge waiting for the next creepy thing to happen. I really did love this book, but it also makes me want to read the next haunting the girls investigate. You know a book is good when you finish it and NEED to have the next (unwritten) book in your hands right now (please)

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