Since Halloween is just around the corner I thought I’d talk a bit about my favourite spooky book series. As if I haven’t talked enough about it *cough cough* Anyway..
I first heard about this book either in the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014. I was in the Youth Section of the bookshop I am working at and Random House had sent us a copy of the first book. Big shout-out to Random House Germany for this. I hadn’t read anything by Jonathan Stroud before and only picked up the copy because a colleague, who had read his Bartimeus series, told me how much she loved his books. So one fateful day I started reading the first book, The screaming staircase, and am now hooked forever.
I present you
Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud
What is this series about?
Britain has a big problem. Over 50 years ago a ghost epidemic has spread all over the island and has been haunting the people ever since. Suddenly ghosts where everywhere. So Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung all over the country, with Rottwell and Fittes as the leading companies in the business, destroying these apparitions. There is only one catch about it: Only kids can see them. So adults are pretty much useless. Although that doesn’t stop them from running around like they know everything.
And Lockwood & Co. is one of those agencies. But Lockwood & Co. isn’t really well-known and they only get jobs the big agencies couldn’t even bother with, leaving the agency to deal with easy Type One ghosts. Lucy Carlyle is the latest member to join the team around Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins.
And together the trio has to fight some of the spookiest haunting in London with only their basic ghost-hunting equipment and a nice cup of tea. And biscuits!
Why do I like this series?
There are several reasons why I like it. First, we get amazing character. With Lucy we get a badass female lead. Don’t cross her or she’ll come and kick your ass. Then we have Anthony Lockwood, who is not only very british but also dark and mysterious. And not to forget about sassy George Cubbins, who has the weirdest sense of humour.
Second, Stroud is such an incredible writer. You will be drawn into every book from the very first sentence on and you will only put it down once you have finished the book. And then the whole series. Who needs sleep anyway, right?
Then of course the spooky parts. Stroud just found the perfect amount of spookiness to give you goosebumps and send chills down your spine without keeping you awake all night. The way Stroud describes the trio encountering numerous ghosts, not only the easy Type Ones but also the more sinister Type Twos, is just incredible. It’s almost like you are there with them, hunting ghosts and sharing a well deserved cup of tea after a solved case.
To put it simple: This is the perfect mix of Ghostbusters and Sherlock Holmes.
10/10 would recommend
There are currently 4 books out: The screaming staircase, The whispering skull, The hollow boy and The creeping shadow. There was also some sort of short story published, it started out as an interactive story where Stroud let the fans decide what will happen next in it, and it’s called The dagger in the desk. I’m proud owner of all four published books but still need to read the shortstory. I will change that really soon tho.
I just hope there will be many more books because I just can’t get enough of it. Ugh.