Lucy and George are trying to solve the mystery of the talking skull trapped in their ghost jar, while Lockwood is desperate for an exciting new case. Things seem to be looking up when the team is called to Kensal Green Cemetery to investigate the grave of a sinister Victorian doctor. Strange apparitions have been seen there, and the site must be made safe. As usual, Lockwood is confident; as usual, everything goes wrong – a terrible phantom is unleashed, and a dangerous object is stolen from the coffin. Lockwood & Co must recover the relic before its power is unleashed, but it’s a race against time. Their obnoxious rivals from the Fittes agency are also on the hunt. And if that’s not bad enough, the skull in the ghost-jar is stirring again…
‘The whispering skull’ is the second book in the Lockwood & Co series by Jonathan Stroud. I really loved the first book, ‘The screaming staircase‘ and I really wanted to read the second book. I read the first book in Dutch and was planning to continue in Dutch, but I found it as a bargain in English, so I quickly changed my mind. The switch didn’t really matter as the Dutch translation was great.
The three main characters, Anthony, George and Lucy get more room to develop in ‘The whispering skull’ and you get to know them more. I really enjoyed the first part of the book because the threesome take on a bunch of other cases before starting on the cemetery case. That makes for a quicker reading experience.
That takes a bit and then, when they work fulltime on the cemetery case, it gets all excited. I really wanted to keep reading and couldn’t put ‘The whispering skull down’. And the ending is so tense that I read it in awe, until I got to the real ending!! That’s when Jonathan Stroud basically drops a bomb and I certainly didn’t see that coming. I love it!
I think that ‘The whispering skull’ might even be better than ‘The screaming staircase’. The characters get more room to develop and the case certainly is more exciting. And then the ending!! I wanna read book three now!
DetailsThe whispering skull by Jonathan Stroud
Series: Lockwood & Co #2
Published by Random House UK
Genres: Young Adult
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