Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapperby J.L. Bryan (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
on September 13, 2014
Genres: Adult, Ghost, Horror, Horror & Ghost Stories, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.
When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.
Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.
The weather in Chicago has grown cool and Halloween is almost here, so I’m in the mood for spooky tales about ghosts and ghouls and monsters. J.L. Bryan has written about some form of all of these before, but his latest offering focuses on hauntings and he kicks off a new series featuring a kick ass heroine in Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper.
Ellie Jordan is a ghost hunter by trade, investigating people’s claims that their homes and businesses are haunted for her retired detective wheelchair bound boss full time in sunny Georgia. While not every place actually is haunted, some places do turn out to house ghosts that need to be removed, and they have the technology to trap the ghosts and take them away from the premises. When Ellie takes her new assistant Stacey along to investigate claims of a disturbing haunting at an old mansion that is undergoing renovations, they expect a run of the mill haunting and removal, but instead find that they stir up an even more sinister and evil haunting that wants to wreak havoc and focuses on the owners’ daughter and anyone that gets in its way.
Ellie has been a ghost trapper for quite a while and she’s very good at it. She’s 26 years old and she feels like this is it for her life, this is her calling. No matter how scary things get, she doesn’t back down, even though she does get scared. But she doesn’t let fear rule her and I really like that about Ellie. She definitely cares about her clients no matter what they’re like. She is used to working with her boss, but now that he’s in a wheelchair and wants to really retire, he’s paired her with Stacey and wants to pull in a psychic named Jared to work on cases. While Stacey is a whiz with technology and Ellie works with her because of this, she doesn’t want to work with the psychic since she’s been burned before.
The ghosts in Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper can be particularly ferocious. Able to inflict actual physical damage to people and be aware of their surroundings, these ghosts are definitely something to fear. The technology and methods that Ellie and Stacey use to detect, record, and protect themselves from the ghosts are high tech and well-researched. J.L. Bryan did a great job looking at what real ghost hunters use in our world and tweaking it for this book. I really loved the ghost trap and it’s nod to Ghost Busters in a way.
I give Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper a five out of five. The tension is perfect throughout this book, with a great blend of things lurking in the dark and ghosts appearing out of seemingly nowhere. Ellie and Stacey make a really great team as the get used to each other, and I really look forward to seeing more of the psychic Jared in future books too. The scares are really creepy in this one, with most things happening in the dead of night if that creeps you out. I love this sort of thing, so I enjoyed every second of this scare fest. The ghosts were unique, dangerous, creepy, and not easily taken care of, and I really loved the challenges that Ellie and everyone had to go through to get to the bottom of everything to clear the spectral baddies all out.