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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 33 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 10, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017J3ZPQ4
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Cold Shadows: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Series #2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Pauldings are a kindly couple who have fallen on hard times and are forced to accept the graciousness of extended family, with the understanding they will spend some money fixing up the once grand Georgian home. But when their rebellious teen-aged daughter secretly dabbles in the dark arts, she unwittingly awakens the sleeping spirits with secrets of their own.
Thirteen-year-old Juniper gets a wake-up call when her temper rises and objects go crashing about the room, the books on her shelf tumble off, and her clothes start flying out of the closet. Is it simply the overactive imagination of an angry female on the verge of womanhood, a young girl searching for attention and significance, or something more malevolent?
Seven-year-old Crane is quiet and shy, unlike most boys his age. Shortly after having moved into the old house, he develops a fast kinship with two imaginary friends. Only problem - they might not be so imaginary after all. And that makes Crane not-so-ordinary.
It's up to Ellie and her sweet and silly sidekick Stacey to discover the truth behind what really happened one horrible and frightening Christmas season - before the Paulding's son becomes the next victim.
Join me in reading COLD SHADOWS. You'll never be able to look at a pond the same way again. Or a belt.
Read the story to find out why. I'm giving this outing four and a-half stars.
I am a big fan of mushy romance books. Nowadays, that's really all I was focused on reading. I LOVE Halloween and anything having to do with the paranormal. This book doesn't have any hints of a romance, but the plot and storyline was so good, it jolted me out of my squishy romance mode and blasted me full on into kicking some ghosts' asses mode.
Ellie Jordan is a "Private Investigator," in which she deals mainly with the paranormal--hauntings/ghosts/ trapping ghosts, etc. She works for Calvin, the man pretty much responsible for raising her after a tragic incident left her an orphan.
Stacey -- Ellie's spunky and optimistic sidekick who handles the technical equipment (sound/lighting/recording) and is there for back-up.
Jacob--The hesitant psychic who can see/talk to ghosts. He doesn't really like this "gift," but will use it to help Ellie.
In this book, Ellie and her team are called in to investigate disturbance in a house originally built in 1841. Weird noise, freezing cold temp drops, shadows moving, water spots showing up everywhere. The family that lives in this house consist of a mother and father (whose health has taken a turn for the worse since living here), an 8 year old standoffish boy, and a rebellious girl teenager.
I love the whole process Ellie takes in researching the house and trying to piece together clue of what may have happened there. This book legitimately had me scared to turn off the lights...the suspense and tension built throughout were palpable. I am a huge fan of this series (finished all of them in a week)...Save some money and buy all of them in a bundle--you will NOT regret it.
The situation that Ellie and Stacey face in Cold Shadows was, again, not your typical ghost story. J.L. Bryan is good at putting unexpected twists on set-ups that look fairly straight forward. There was definitely a scene in here that made me sit up a bit straighter and go “What the ??” He kept everything moving along at a decent pace with plenty of action. The otherworldly presences have a few appearances that will definitely spook a gleeful scaredy-cat reader. The Paulding House was described just enough that you got a sense of the layout without having a clear cut picture of everything in your head. I think this works to make it creepier because you can see it happening in a house you know easier.
The Ghost Trapper series is a solid paranormal fantasy with creepy overtones. If the books were made into films, those would most likely be skewed towards the horror genre. They’re fast reads that will delight any readers who like their monsters to go bump in the night. Also, not to be forgotten, so far this series has been ‘clean.’ No cursing, no smoochies, no guts, and gore. While I wouldn’t recommend them for the under 13 age group, I’d have no problem recommending them to teenage readers. (Interest may vary depending on maturity level.)
Overall, Cold Shadows was a good read that thoroughly entertained me. Well worth what I paid for it! (Those covers, though…)