Monday, 26 November 2018

Book Review: The Monster Museum [Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #10]


Title: The Monster Museum
Author: J.L. Bryan
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Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Mystery
Series: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #10
Source: Author
Publication Date: 22nd August 2018
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Just outside the small but colorful mountain resort town of Foxboro, Tennessee lies Dr. Weirdman's Mountain Museum of Monsters, Curiosities, and Ancient Mysteries. Once a major tourist attraction, it offers travelers the amusement of touring unusual underground caves and pseudo-scientific exhibits ranging from strange creatures to the supposed artifacts of lost civilizations.

Now the museum is a crumbling relic of an older age, fallen into disrepair. Its longtime owner has died, leaving it in the hands of a younger distant relative who knows nothing of how to run a failing tourist trap of a museum, but who is desperate to make a living and provide for his own children.

The museum has a serious ghost problem, though, and Ellie Jordan is called in from Savannah to help. An unexpected old friend joins Ellie at the last moment so that they can spend a snow-filled Christmas together in the mountains...if the ghosts of the restless dead don't turn the holidays into a horrific tragedy.
My Thoughts
I look forward to the email arriving with a copy of the latest instalment of this series, this one was an unexpected surprise but one that was worth it. I love a good spooky book, and with the Ellie Jordan series you never know what will happen with each new instalment, and The Monster Museum definitly keeps you on your toes.

Ellie is contacted, just before Christmas regarding a haunting in a museum. Ellie is initially delaying this investigation until she realises that children are involved, and against he better judgement of Stacey plans to go it alone to start the initial assessment. But Ellie soon finds herself with the company of Michael and Melissa, who plan to make a Christmas holiday out of it.

I loved the contrasting elements to The Monster Museum, the setting is an idyllic little town, covered with a blanket of snow ready for Christmas, yet the haunting itself is as far away from idyllic as it can get. It's creepy, the setting is possibly the strangest setting so far, and the added twist on things just puts this haunting into the 'no way I'm going there' category.

I liked how Ellie is committed to her work, and how she is determined to make sure these children get a good Christmas. I enjoyed seeing the children together, as well as what they do individually and how it's linked to the haunting. The story behind some of the objects was creepy but fits the setting, real or not. The town itself sounds like a perfect town, but things definitly don't go as perfectly planned as hoped, for both the haunting and the 'Christmas holiday'.
I liked that we get to see the friendship between Michael and Ellie start up again, and seeing them try to make their friendship work again. Seeing more of Melissa was both good, as well as odd, and my ideas brewing away in my head were so far off the mark about why it's so odd. However I did miss Stacey and her dose of comic relief, I'm hoping she comes back to help Ellie after her time away.

The Monster Museum was a book I really enjoyed. I loved the creepy factor, the surprise ghosts, but I also did not see it ending the way it does...and that just leaves me desperate for the next instalment.

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