Footsteps in the attic.
Toys that play by themselves.
A dark presence in an upstairs room.
Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan faces a difficult new case.
Her new clients are a family haunted by multiple ghosts and a poltergeist that wrecks their home at night.
Their seven-year-old son’s invisible friends may not be imaginary at all, but the restless spirits of dead children.
To clear her clients’ house of the dangerous entities, Ellie must unravel the mysterious deaths of another family who lived in the old mansion more than a hundred and sixty years ago—and she must do it before the ghosts can carry out their malevolent designs on her clients and their children.
Four Stars: Another exciting and scary ghost adventure.
Ellie and Stacey pull up to the old, dark mansion which appear to have a pond in the front yard. Stacey jokes that the pond is likely where the bodies will be hidden. Ellie and Stacey are on another ghost hunting adventure. Once they enter the house built back in 1841, they encounter several terrifying ghosts. It is up to Stacey and Ellie to find out who is behind the hauntings and eradicate them, but the truth ends up being more terrifying than either of them anticipated. Can Ellie and Stacey trap the ghosts?
What I Liked:
- I was pleased that I didn't have lengthy wait for this sequel, and I am happy to say that Mr. Bryan delivered with this second book. If you like scary, suspenseful ghost stories, this is a must read series.
- Once again, I was fascinated by the ghost hunting. I appreciate that Mr. Bryan makes this as authentic as possible. I love the ghost hunting gadgets and gizmos, and I like learning more about how ghost hunters go about their business. If you are a fan of ghost hunting shows and such, this is a series you must read.
- I enjoyed the sinister history of the house and the family that once resided there. I especially liked that the history wasn't all laid out for Stacey and Ellie, and that they had to dig for the sordid truth. Learning the truth about the haunting was creepy and unsettling.
- This book is a fast and furious read. It focuses solely on the haunting and the trapping of the ghosts. There isn't much time spent on anything else. Think of it as a ghost hunting case file. If you haven't read the first book, you could easily jump in and read this one without missing much. I liked that it was a quick, fast read that stayed focused on the haunting.
- Jacob the psychic returns, and I was eager to see him in action. I am fascinated by those who claim to see and converse with ghosts. I am hoping he will continue to have larger roles in the subsequent books.
- If you are looking for scary and creepy as far as ghosts, this is the book for you. I love that has a realistic feel. The finale is an adrenaline thrill ride not for those who scare easily.
- I liked that the book wraps up all the loose ends regarding the main story line, while leaving a new dangling thread for the next book which will be released February 2015. Yeah!
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I liked that this book was solely focused on the haunting, it didn't allow for any more character development. I was hoping to learn a bit more about Ellie, but that doesn't happen. Jacob is in and out of the picture, and I didn't get any more information on him, either. I am hopeful that the next book will be longer and allow for exploration of the main characters.
- I struggled a bit with the family that lived in the house. You would think they would have been heading for the hills after their children's lives were put into danger, but they don't. I didn't buy that.
- The book was too short. It is more like a novella than a novel, and I wanted more! Still you can read this in one sitting as it is fast and furious.
Cold Shadows is an exciting and chilling sequel. I thought this second haunting was scarier and more interesting than the first. If you love realistic ghost stories this is a must read series. I am loving it so far and eager to see what Mr. Bryan will cook up next.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.