It's October, and down at newly opened Pine Hollow Farm, the ghosts are running wild!. This “genuine” old-time family farm offers a big heap of fun fall activities.
You can drink cider fresh from the orchard, enter a pumpkin-carving contest, and explore the five-acre corn maze. At night, if you aren't too scared, join the haunted hayride through the woods, featuring a genuine eighteenth-century cemetery.
According to local legend, the ghost of a horseman has ridden the old dirt road through the woods for nearly two centuries, menacing travelers. Hayriders beware!
Then the real ghosts start to come out, threatening visitors to the farm and the family who live there.
Paranormal detective Ellie Jordan travels out to the remote farm to root out the dangerous spirits.
Ellie and her assistant Stacey must move fast, because the night is coming when all ghosts will be at full strength and free to roam—the night of Halloween.
Published February 2016
Four and a half stars: Another creepy installment into an amazing series.
Stacey and Ellie wind carefully down the country road, passing another handmade wooden sign advertising a local pumpkin patch. At last, they reach their destination: Pine Hollow Farm, where they meet their latest client, Amber the owner of the farm. Amber's family recently moved to the country after her husband inherited the farm from his deceased uncle. They had high hopes for the farm, and they quickly established a corn maze, pumpkin patch and haunted wood. Things were going well until some of the local teenagers, who were helping with the attraction, quit after seeing ghostly forms in the woods. Then their eldest daughter was chased by a horseman apparition, while their youngest started seeing a girl in a bloody dress in her room. Ellie and Stacey must determine who is haunting the farm and why. Can they eradicate the ghosts in time for Halloween?
What I Liked:
- I think I say this with each and every book, but this one is better than the last. Maze of Souls is the sixth book in this highly addictive ghostly series. This book delivers all that you love about the series: creepy ghosts, an atmospheric setting, history and more. If you have yet to try this series, I urge you to check it out.
- I loved the setting for this one. It takes place on a rural farm in Georgia. The farm has been around for generations, since the late 1700s, and the old farm house, small cemetery and woods are haunted with layers and layers of ghosts. The woods and the cemetery were particularly creepy. I also enjoyed that one of the ghosts was a Hessian horseman, not headless, a spin off the old Irving story.
- I enjoyed the fall setting. This one takes place a few days before Halloween so there is a nice dose of all things fall.
- With each and every haunting, Ellie and Stacey must uncover the history in order to determine the identity of the ghost who is haunting the property. This time, the ghosts are from the Revolutionary War, and there are several to contend with. As I mentioned, there is a horsemen riding the property, and there is also a girl stained in blood, who climbs the stairs in the home each and every night. The woods are full of terrifying ghosts as well. I loved learning the history of the area, especially concerning the Revolutionary War. The final twists regarding the ghosts and their motives were fantastic, and I loved how it all played out.
- This book is a bit of game changer. Things are getting more and more complicated for Stacey and Ellie. The hauntings they are investigating are getting scarier and more difficult, then they must deal with the selling of the business. There are a couple of other big developments that I won't disclose to avoid spoilers, but I will say this, things are going to get worse I think for Ellie and Stacey.
- The story is as exciting and thrilling as ever. The ending is absolutely stunning. There are a couple of jaw dropping surprises that I didn't see coming. Talk about scary! Once the dust settles, the latest haunting is resolved, but there are some big questions left looming, a bit of a cliffhanger. I was pleased though that at least the haunting was taken care of, and that the next book is due out in Summer of 2016.
And The Not So Much:
- The ending is fast and furious and it does end on a cliffhanger. A lot goes down in those final pages, that left my head spinning. I didn't want it to end, I need the answers.
- I loved learning the history of the farm and uncovering the truth about the horseman and the bloody girl. My only niggle was that there was a big piece of information uncovered at the end that provided the truth. I wished that more from this source was disclosed. I wanted to know further about the girl, and who knew the truth after she died and hid it?
- There is something big that happens with Michael, and I was left wanting to know how.
Maze of Souls is another thrilling and creepy installment in the fantastic Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Series. This is a series that continues to deliver scary ghosts, exciting story lines, ghost hunting and lots of history. I love this series, and I cannot recommend it enough. You need to give it a try.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.