Book Review – The House in the Woods (The Ghost Hunter Chronicles #1)

Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. As we’re into spooky season, today I’m sharing my review of the middle grade paranormal book, The House in the Woods, first book in The Ghost Hunter Chronicles series.

Stranger Things meets Point Horror in the first of a brilliant new series for readers aged 11+ from Yvette Fielding, British television’s first lady of the paranormal and presenter of Most Haunted.

When Clovis, Eve and Tom decide to play with a ouija board in an old abandoned house on Halloween, none of them foresees the horrors they’re about to unleash. What starts out as a bit of fun, soon transcends into something far more terrifying when a distressed and determined spirit follows them home. Before long the friends are caught up in a series of events beyond their wildest imaginings and their journey as ghost hunters begins . . .

This is the perfect book to read in one sitting while the wind howls outside, which is exactly what I did. I curled up under a fluffy blanket, and devoured it.

The action starts immediately, with the three friends preparing to head out to a haunted house within pages of the book beginning. It quickly becomes apparent that they were absolutely not prepared for the possibility of something spooky actually happening, and as the ghostly occurrences haunt them, they turn to Eve’s uncle for help. His mysterious inventions, it turns out, might just save the day.

The book managed to find the balance between spooky and entertaining, with terrifying specters and farting dogs equalling each other out, sometimes on the same page. There is a lot of comfort to be found in reading middle grade books (read more about my love for middle grade here), and what could possibly be better than delibrately scaring yourself just the right amount during a storm?

Full of fun, friendships and freakish phantoms, this is the perfect book this October. Book two, The Ripper of Whitechapel, is also out, and I’m sure I’ll get around to reading that one too once I’ve got through some of the others on my October Spooky Reads pile!

Thanks for stopping by today. As many of you know, I’m trying to ease myself back into blogging now we’ve had some positive housing news, and I hope this is just the first of many reviews to come for the rest of this year.

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