Action-packed, legitimately scary, and distinctly British.
Recommended grade level: 5 and up
Pages: 390 (for ISBN 9781423164913)
Tone/Style: scary, dark
Pace: moderate to fast
Summary: There is an epidemic of ghosts in Britain. Their touch brings death, and only children have the power to fight them.
Lucy Carlyle, a young psychic investigator, joins London’s smallest agency, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood and his ever-hungry assistant George Cubbins. Together the trio must investigate some of the spookiest and deadliest spectral hauntings in the city, armed only with the tools of the ghost-hunting trade (magnesium flares, iron filings, chains and salt bombs), their courage and a thermos of tea.
Ghosts and ghouls beware!
Who will like this book?: Fans of supernatural horror who aren’t afraid of a story that veers into the grotesque.
Who won’t like this book?: Some readers will find it distrbing. There is a LOT of blood. (Disembodied blood, but still.)
Sequel(s): Lockwood & Co. series: The Whispering Skull (2014), The Hollow Boy (2015), The Creeping Shadow (2016), The Empty Grave (2017)
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