Wednesday, January 16, 2013

{Review} Ghost Town by Jason Hawes & Grant Wilson

ISBN #: 978-1451613827
Page Count: 305
Copyright: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Gallery Books

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Welcome to Exeter, the "Most Haunted Town in America," thanks to a deadly flood that unleashed an army of ghosts decades ago. And when ghost trackers Amber, Drew, and Trevor attend a conference during Exeter's spookiest week of the year, the ghouls grow restless. First, an innocent bookstore worker is mysteriously killed, setting off a string of strange deaths that point to a shadowy spirit known as the Dark Lady.

With a paranormal revolution ensuing, the team must stop the twisted bloodbath. But a past horror involving the death of a former teammate has them spinning faster than a specter in a storm, especially when they learn that it's his ghost who awakened the Dark Lady. Now, with their lives on the line and the entire town at stake, the three must decide whether to trust the spirit of their old friend or to finally put a stake through his heart.

Mandy's Review:

In Ghost Trackers, we met Amber, Drew, and Trevor as they dealt with their memory loss and a long-standing haunted house in their town. Ghost Town begins a few months after Ghost Trackers ends. Amber and Drew are a couple (finally) and Trevor is in the process of making a book deal about the Lowry house, the source of their lost memories from Ghost Trackers.

The three friends traveled to Exeter to give a presentation on their experience at the Lowry house as part of the Dead Days celebrations. What they didn't expect to happen was to become involved in yet another paranormal experience, but thanks to their old (dead) friend Greg that's exactly what they encounter.

The Dark Lady is a legend among the citizens of Exeter. They use stories of her to scare their children into behaving, sort of like the 'boogeyman.' When the Dark Lady is awakened, she's much more manipulative and destructive than people imagined. The growing number of unexplained deaths are attributed to the Dark Lady ... and a human helper.

Mitch has followed Amber to Exeter. As an abuse victim, Mitch has grown up to be an abuser. He is not fond of independent women and finds it his business to "put them in their place." The new confidence Amber embodies enrages Mitch and he makes it his personal mission to take her from Drew and show her what it's like to be with a real man. The Dark Lady senses Mitch's anger and hostility and uses that to control him into doing what she wants.

Will the three friends defeat the Dark Lady and her human helper?

Not only did Jason and Grant make an excellent team as paranormal investigators, but they also make an excellent fiction-writing duo. Ghost Town was an improvement over Ghost Trackers, which was great. This book had more suspense, more tension, more of the paranormal ... just more awesomeness. Whether you're a fan of Ghost Hunters or a fan of paranormal fiction, adding Ghost Town to your personal library would be beneficial.

*A paperback copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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