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on Sept. 19 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Sci-Fi
Source: the author
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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.
Ellie Jordan isn’t your typical 20 something. She’s not chasing down shots with beers and living the party life. Maybe if she hadn’t been touched by the supernatural world at a young age that might have been who Ellie is, but because of her past she spends her time perfecting her ghost trapping and hunting skills. Living in an old city like Savannah, weeding out the real hauntings from the fake ones is a full time job, but if Ellie’s not doing it, who will?
J.L. Bryan is one of my favorite authors. I’ll admit that upfront. He writes a really full, rich novel, and Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper was an amazing experience to read.
The book starts off pretty quickly. J.L. doesn’t waste anytime setting up the book, and getting us right into the action. This book isn’t being marketed as horror, but there are TONS of scary, and creepy parts. Not to mentions some disturbing imagery of the ghostly kind.
I loved Ellie. She was my kind of girl, she’s tough as nails with a dark sense of humor. She’s also a bit stubborn and seems pretty set in her ways, all of these characteristics are things that I can identify with. She goes through the ringer in this book, and comes out looking more mature than when she started, to see that much character growth in the first book of a series is promising, and I really can’t see where she ends up when the dust settles on this series.
If you love things that go bump in the night, and want a good ghost story look not further. Ellie Jordan is AMAZING.The plot line is full of twists, and there are a few pretty big reveals both for the arc of the book and the arc of the series revealed in the latter half, which makes me really hesitant to say very much about the characters and their motivations. I do happen to blog with two of the biggest babies when it comes to spoilers, so I try to be nice, and not spoil books that I know they’ll want to read, and Ellie Jordan is a book that I will be making both read.
The writing in a J.L. Bryan book is always on point. The tone of his books always have a dark edge to them, and I adore that. I simply can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Like as in I want it right now.