Review for The Screaming Staircase

Review for The Screaming Staircase

Oh my word, this was just absolutely fabulous!

I already found book 3 (miraculously at library #1), but when I went again yesterday I found book 1 as well! I immediately opened the book and that was it, I couldn’t stop reading it. Though of course I had, because one can’t ride a bicycle and read. 😛 But before I went to bed I had time to read again, and then also today at moments.

I loved how the author first starts with the now, a case taking place in a house, a person who died, is he the one haunting the place, or is it something more? It is all terribly exciting and I was huddling in my bed, yes, it might not have been the exact right moment to read about a haunting, especially one so creepy as this one is.

That story ends, or at least we take a break and we roll back to the Before. Before this happened. We see what happened to Lucy in the past, how she became a ghost hunter/agent, how her Talent was discovered, and also several tragic things that happened to her when she just started. We then see her try to find a new place to work, and land at Lockwood & Co..

Lockwood I loved from the start of the book (though I had thought he was older, considering how he acted around Lucy and how he took the case), but George? Eh. Eh. When I read about him in the beginning (before we meet him) I was interested, curious, I wanted to know more about this guy. But then we meet him, and I was quite agreeing to Lucy’s sentiments about him. Even as the story passes by I just never really got to like him. He had some good points, but that was all. He had this attitude that just annoyed me. Like he always knew better. Then there were several other things. Even though I didn’t like him, I have to say I didn’t hate him, and he didn’t ruin the story for me. He was just there.

Lucy was a wonderful girl, and I love her talent. I also love how strong she was and how steady. She didn’t let the boys run over her, she stood her ground. She helped out, and of course, like any human, made mistakes. But she wasn’t one to cover them up, she was honest.
I loved her from the beginning, and when we found out what happened to her in the past my love grew further. Such an awesome girl. Kick-ass to the max!

The idea that people can have various Talents also seems fun, I do remember that I have read other books with similar ideas. Some people can see the ghosts, others can only hear them, some can pick up emotions and flashes from items, some just feel that there is something there.
I am not entirely sure if the others had it too, but in this one the older you get the more you seem to lose your talent. Which kind of coincides with turning an adult and how adults generally don’t believe in such things any more. At least that is my feeling with it.

I also loved how everything in this book turns out to be connected. At first I was wondering, but then I saw the little hints here and there, even then it took me a while to really see all the connections. For which I am thankful, I love it when a mystery keeps me on my toes, and keeps me guessing. I don’t like easy mysteries.

I am a bit confused as to the time this one takes place in. It seems to be around now, but then there are things that don’t match with that. They have phones, television sets, dishwasher, everyone has electricity, and seemingly other things too, but then there were things that made it seem like we were back in the early 1900s. It was a tad bit confusing, and at times it distracted me from the story, I just wanted to know when it took place.

The hauntings are terrifying, well, OK, the first one (with Annie Ward) and the second one (with the Screaming Staircase). Really, you will get goosebumps all over you because of how creepy they are. When the book talks about it becoming cold you really feel yourself getting cold, and I even noticed myself keeping an eye on corners and other parts while reading. Even when I read it today, during the day. I just LOVE it when books make me scared, or give me goosebumps. Those are definitely the best books, and I can’t wait to see what other hauntings this series will bring. Hopefully they will get creepier with each book.

I am still curious about the Problem, aka the sudden appearance of ghosts everywhere, and the fact people have to protect themselves so much, put iron and other stuff on their houses, stay inside during the night. I guess we will be slowly finding out, as not only the readers, but also the people in this world have no clue what happened. Ghosts always existed, but suddenly there was a whole burst of them. That ghost touch is absolutely terrifying by the way. Just the thought that you can die due to a ghost touching you? shivers

There are also enough funny, light-hearted parts that brought a moment of reprieve before the scariness starts again. It also gave more depth to the characters. It showed they were just humans and also made clumsy/hilarious mistakes. Plus it made them more dimensional. They are not always serious. At times there is time for a bit of a laugh.

Another thing I am curious about is the various agencies. There are so many, and a couple are quite important. I hope we see some collaborations or some scenes from their POV.

The ending, what happened there? I hope that part is getting explained/elaborated a bit more in the next book.

Even though this book is 400+ pages I just flew through it.

I think I have mentioned everything I wanted to mention, and I will be buying book 2 on amazon later today when I have some time for it. Then it is waiting (arggggh) for the book to arrive.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone! Looking for a creepy book with an awesome mystery? Be sure to check this one out.

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