Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase: Book 1 - Lockwood & Co. (Paperback)Jonathan Stroud (author)
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Genuinely unsettling and dripping with otherworldly atmosphere, the first instalment of the Lockwood and Co. series sees a motley collection of ghost-hunters on a terrifying mission to save their reputation in one of the scariest haunted houses in fiction. Expertly plotted by a master of children’s literature, The Screaming Staircase is definitely best read with the lights off.
When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .
For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.
Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm
The book is genuinely spooky and suspenseful, with appealing characters and great dialogue, and all shot through with Stroud's dry wit. * Guardian *
A heartily satisfying string of entertaining near-catastrophes, replete with narrow squeaks and spectral howls * Kirkus *
Stroud (the Bartimaeus series) shows his customary flair for blending deadpan humor with thrilling action, and the fiery interplay among the three agents of Lockwood & Co. invigorates the story (along with no shortage of creepy moments). * Publishers Weekly *
In a world overrun by evil spooks, can Paranormal Detection Agency Lockwood & Co do anything about the ghostly problems besetting London? Suspenseful, supernatural adventure. * Metro *
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“Fantastic! Keep your salt and iron close-by.”
I cannot recommend this book highly enough - wish there were more stars to give.
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“Can't wait to read the rest of the series!”
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