Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

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This book was recommended by my boss, who enjoys fantasy. She also recommended the last book I read, the Expeditioners. So far she’s two for two. This was a scary book and typically I don’t like scary things. Things that you wouldn’t think are scary I am probably terrified of. The last scary book I read was the Diviners by Libba Bray and I had to stop a quarter of the way through (disc 4). Anyway, this book wasn’t as scary as that so I finished. It’s about three kids in London who kill ghosts. Kill probably isn’t the right word since they’re ghosts but that’s the only way I can think to describe it. As I was reading I realized that the real plot, the Screaming Staircase the title describes, doesn’t start happening until around page 250. All of the pages before it are back story, setting up the characters & getting to know their lives blah blah. I didn’t realize that’s what was happening so it’s not boring per se but it’s definitely long. It had a great twist and was thoroughly entertaining. It could be a cross between children’s and young adult considering the subject matter and suspense.

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