Today is my stop on the blog tour for BBNYA finalist, Specter, by Katie Jane Gallagher, and I am excited to share my review with you all.
Horror aficionado Lanie Adams should be thrilled when two eighties-era ghosts materialize in her bedroom. Yet after a fainting incident unbecoming of a horror nerd, she would rather her haunting just go away—the ghosts’ waterlogged voices and ice-cold auras are more terrifying than any movie. Enlisting the help of Ryan, an entirely-too-cute stoner, she makes it her mission to put the spirits stalking her to rest.
Some sleuthing reveals that their sleepy Connecticut town is host to a shadowy, decades-old conspiracy. If Lanie wants to say a final goodbye to her ghosts, she’ll need to keep digging. But it’s important to tread carefully. The culprit is still in town—and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.
I was lucky enough as a panelist for BBNYA to be assigned Specter as one of my three books to read in full for the final round of the award, and I can honestly say that this book is brilliant!
This story has you completely gripped from the very beginning, with its dark, creepy atmosphere, which builds throughout the story. It has a very interesting storyline, like nothing I’ve ever read before, and it definitely gives off some Stranger Things vibes. The less said about the actual plot, the better, because this is the type of book that is best to go in to with as little information as possible.
The characters in the story are all well developed, and well written, but I would have liked a little more background information on Ryan in particular. I definitely felt that Lanie was particularly relatable, and is the sort of person that I would be friends with.
I love a good paranormal story, and this certainly didn’t disappoint. I loved the author’s writing style, and felt that it really helped with pulling you in to the story. There was so much thrown in here, from lucid dreaming to huge cover-up stories, and it has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, with an explosive ending, jam packed full of action. This is one of those books that you won’t want to put down. I will definitely be reading more of Katie Jane Gallagher’s books.
I give Specter a 5 star rating!
I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition and/or the BBNYA tours organised by the @The_WriteReads tours team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.
About The Author:
Katie Jane Gallagher is the author of Specter and the online, serialized YA fantasy The Gold in the Dark. She is a life-long writer, and her stories feature relatable, realistic characters who get swept up in extraordinary events. An avid reader of YA and genre fiction, she has a self-proclaimed affinity for the best sorts of trash.
Born and raised in Illinois, Katie currently lives in Connecticut with her stupendous, half-human half-neanderthal husband and their dopey boxer dog. She graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in 2012, with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature and a minor in history.
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