A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.
In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?
The Lockwood & Co books were high on my wish list for a while, after hearing lots of good things about it. And when I stumbled upon the Dutch version for a couple of euros, I decided to buy it. It didn’t stay on my TBR for long.
‘The screaming staircase’ is a good example of a story I love. It’s creepy, it has ghosts and also a bit of humor. I finished the book in just a couple of days. Jonathan Stroud has a way of writing that sucks you right in. You’ll also get to know the main characters and their quirks quite easily. But apart from that, the story has been put together so well that I didn’t see the ending coming.
The world in Lockwood & Co is similar to our world, but with a little bit of fantasy sprinkled on top. Stories like these are more my thing as I find it easier to imagine what these worlds look like. Worlds like our combined with ghosts are a thing I thoroughly enjoy.
If I think ‘The screaming staircase’ really deserves the title of a young adult book, I’m not sure. The way it’s been written fits the genre, but the creepy bits were, even to me as a horror-lover, sometimes scary and really detailed. I really don’t think 12 year olds should read it, or maybe I’m just a wuss!
What I do love is there are three more books in the series, which means I can definitely read more about Lockwood & Co! I’ve added the next books to my wish list and cannot wait to get started in them!
‘The screaming staircase’ is definitely a creepy first book in the Lockwood & Co series. Jonathan Stroud has written about a world that’s easy to imagine and the main characters are quirky. You’ll love it if you’ll love ghost stories.
DetailsThe screaming staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Series: Lockwood & Co #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult
You can buy the book at Book Depository here.