Title: The Ghoul Next Door
Author: Victoria Laurie
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Opening line: ‘…Being a psychic medium definitely has its downers…’
Blurb: – On a well-deserved hiatus from the ghoulish grind of their TV show, Ghoul Getters, psychic medium M. J. Holliday, her boyfriend, Heath, and her best friend, Gilley, are back home in Boston. But there’s no rest for the weary ghost busters. M. J.’s ex comes to her for help—his fiancée’s brother Luke seems haunted by a sinister spirit. The crew sets up surveillance cameras to watch for the possessive poltergeist while Luke is sleeping. But when he goes outside in the middle of the night and returns hours later covered in blood, they are all very concerned—especially when the news reports the murder of a young woman in the neighbourhood. Now M. J., Heath, and Gilley must remain self-possessed as they try to stop a wicked ghost whose behaviour is anything but neighbourly
My thoughts: I really love this series – it is great for people who want a little terror in their lives without drowning in too much horror. So summed up, its scary with laughs. MJ and Heath have returned home for a rest when her ex-boyfriend and his fiancée ask for help with a possessed relative, Luke. The first shock is that her ex had a fiancée; the second shock is that it appears that Luke slaughters a woman while they are watching on the surveillance cameras. They see Luke leave but can’t get there quick enough to stop him from heading out into the night. This ghost is really, really creepy – he just popped in and took possession in a split second, very disconcerting if you are the possessee and you regain control of your body to find you’re charged with murder. Investigation by MJ, Heath and Gilley reveal that there is a connection to the apartment that Luke rents and the murders of a few girls of the past 25 to 30 years. The link has to be discovered and the conduit for the spook closed down before any more deaths occur.
THE GHOUL NEXT DOOR is a rollicking adventure with mystery, ghosts, romance and humour all blended together with a cast of well-loved realistic characters, some lovely evil characters (and not talking the ghost here) and lots of twists and turns to the plot. I can’t wait for the next one.
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B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.