Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud

“George had long ago stolen the ghost-jar from a rival agency, but it was only when I’d  accidentally twisted a lever in the lid that I realized that the spirit trapped there could actually speak to me….It had no morals worth speaking of, and more vices that you would think possible for a disembodied head floating in a jar.”

Goodness me what an ending!!! But let’s start at the beginning, shall we? The 3rd instalment of the Lockwood and Co series is a complete page turner. The stakes are getting increasingly higher for Lockwood, Lucy and George as the city of London has a massive ghost infestation. After their impressive efforts at shutting down the mysterious disappearances at a guest house, the trio are perplexed as to why they are being kept out of the huge team of agents able to tackle the Chelsea Outbreak by Scotland Yard and DEPRAC (the Department of Psychical Research and Control).

If that’s not frustrating enough, Lucy must put up with the annoying new recruit, Holly Munro – an organisational marvel and general neat freak – upsetting the group dynamic at the firm of Lockwood & Co. Lucy’s jealousy of Holly is further encouraged by her conversations with the head in a jar, who delights in the drama.

When the team decide to tackle the breakout on their own terms, they are joined by some unlikely colleagues for a massive show down in a place with way too much history. The main show down in an eerie department store makes for a fascinating climax and an unbelievable outcome. I gasped!!! NOOOOOO!!!

Oh go on, you know you want to read this. Best start with book one and keep on trucking!

5 out of 5 shape shifting ghouls can really confuse.

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