I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 tours organised by the @The_WriteReads team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.
A little bit of background for BBNYA and for anyone looking to get involved!
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But now let’s get to what we’re really here for…
Coming in 8th place for BBNYA 2020 is Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher!
Blurb: Horror aficionado Lanie Adams should be thrilled when two eighties-era ghosts materialize in her bedroom. Yet after a fainting incident unbecoming of a horror nerd, she would rather her haunting just go away—the ghosts’ waterlogged voices and ice-cold auras are more terrifying than any movie. Enlisting the help of Ryan, an entirely-too-cute stoner, she makes it her mission to put the spirits stalking her to rest. Some sleuthing reveals that their sleepy Connecticut town is host to a shadowy, decades-old conspiracy. If Lanie wants to say a final goodbye to her ghosts, she’ll need to keep digging. But it’s important to tread carefully. The culprit is still in town—and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.
If you’re on the look out for a quick paced read full of ghost sightings, corrupt corporations and unsolved missing persons cases, then this is definitely the read for you!
Specter follows Lanie who, while nursing a fever, sees a ghost standing in her bedroom. Like any normal person, she freaks out… and can’t help but be intrigued. What follows is one girl’s hunt to find out the truth behind these ghostly apparitions – and why she’s the only one who can see them!
I really enjoyed getting to read this book and am so thankful to BBNYA for introducing it to me. Although the blurb would have been enough to convince me to pick this book up, it’s often more difficult for indie published stories to find their way to big groups of readers so my props and thanks go to the BBNYA team for bringing this one to my attention!
I’m a total sucker for anything paranormal or true crime and this book combines both elements in such a fantastic way which I haven’t really seen before. As well as having an interesting storyline that hooked me from the first few pages, I really liked the way that the story was written. Gallagher infuses humour into her tone, not only making the character of Lanie (a teenager trying to make sense of something that she can’t explain) believable but also adding to the overall reading experience. To add to that, I also appreciated that Lanie was very much the modern teenager. She visits forums, knows exactly how to research unsolved cases (like the true crime junkies among us) and even gets a little rebellious. For me, these elements always make a story more enjoyable as I’m not constantly wondering why a character in the 21st century didn’t just look something up online 😂 Furthermore, the pacing is well planned as we’re fed small details about the ghosts and their world at the right points to persuade you to read just one more chapter before bed! I also loved that this wasn’t as simple as a girl being able to see a ghost – it went much deeper than that and (without spoiling it for you!) there’s been some definite planning and creativity used by the author to make this much more than the cliched ghost story we’ve all heard before.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a modern day ghost story with a sinister true crime twist!
Did you follow along with BBNYA 2020? Or maybe you’re excited for this year’s event? I’d love to know!
You can always find me over on Twitter if you’d like to discuss this book (or any others that I’ve featured) in more detail 😌