Book Review: Spirits from Beyond by: Simon R. Green

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Ace

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute—JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the antisupernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses…

Their latest assignment takes JC and the team to a small country village, site of a famously haunted inn. At first, JC thinks that the spirits in the King’s Arms are more the stuff of urban legend than anything that needs the Ghost Finders’ expertise. Then one story rings true: the tale of a traveler trapped by an unusual thunderstorm who retired to her room for the night—and vanished.

Trapped by an unusual thunderstorm—like the one that begins raging outside shortly after they arrive….

As the team investigates, they are forced, one by one, to face some hard truths about themselves, their relationships, and the haunting itself—truths that may push Happy Jack over the edge into the madness that he has always feared...

Review: I had read the first book in the Ghostfinders series, ‘Ghost of A Chance’ when it came out originally. It was very good, but didn’t wow me. When I received ‘Spirits from Beyond’ from the publisher for review, I was excited to see how the characters had grown and what had changed. In ‘Spirits from Beyond’, the new A-team, JC, Melody, and Happy Jack are sent to a haunted inn located in a very small village. At first they don’t think there is anything going on at the inn, but as they listen to the stories of the locals, there are two which ring true. Now as their investigation digs deeper, the entire team’s mettle is tested. ‘Spirits from Beyond’ is an extremely fast-paced book with some great gallows humor, introspection, and references to both the Nightside and Secret Histories series. As I read ‘Spirits from Beyond’ as a stand-alone, I found it intriguing and highly enjoyable with some crazy action and twisted characters. I might just have to jump back into this series!

Ghostfinders series: Ghost of A Chance (1), Ghost of A Smile (2), Ghost of a Dream (3), Spirits from Beyond (4)

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