The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

Submitted by Clover Brooks

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5

Warnings: Violence, Murder, Mentions of Blood, Suicide, and Ghosts

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in…
For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.
Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .

This book was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! One of my close friends recommended it to me and holy crap, I binge read this book. And I don’t usually binge read.

Alright, I’m first going to praise this book like no other. I loved the characters. They felt real to me, they jumped off the page, and I could see them just having a normal conversation at a coffee shop. Lockwood was probably my favorite character, just because he was a cocky know-it-all without being annoying – and you learn that he has a perfect reason to be, which I love. Characters who have their own quirks and reasons that drive the story are always books that hook me well.

The pacing of the book was quick. It never really dragged for me. The action came fast, the plot unraveled at just the right speed, and the character building made me even laugh at times. (George’s character building made me literally snort). I admired the way the book started with a great piece of action which, in turn, ended up being the saving piece of evidence for them in the end. It wrapped up in a nice, neat little package.

The only complaint that I have about the book is that I figured out the climax of the book before it happened. I love a story that turns my thought process on its head, and as it neared the end, it was fairly predictive when it came to the ending. Except for one thing, and to say that one thing would be a HUGE spoiler, so I won’t.

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this book. I’ve already picked up the 2nd and 3rd book from my local library, so expect a few more book reviews from the Lockwood & Co. series. I’ve been told not all of the books are out yet, and after doing some digging, I discovered that the 5th book in the series (The Empty Grave) comes out this year, so that’s exciting!

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