The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker Review!

Started: June 14, 2016

Finished: June 19, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Cherry blossom lipstick: check. Smokey eyes: check. Skinny jeans: check. Dead kid in the mirror: check. For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too. Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance. Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim… Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

I got this book because I saw it on another blogger’s wrap-up back in April, and I am so glad that I did that.

This book was really good. Not jump out of your seat, spine-tingling good, but it was really good.

I’m not a big horror fan (books are okay, but movies are like N O). I get scared very easily, even if it is only a book. I don’t really know what drew me to this book because it is listed as horror. If you have the same uneasiness going into this book as I did, let me tell you something.

This book shouldn’t have been listed as horror.

I definitely think this book falls more into the thriller category. It wasn’t scary, but it was chilling. I believe that when they release the movie adaptation, it will be scarier than the book was (yay me -_-).

The story was really intriguing to me. The concept of a girl who could see ghosts and the fact that she uses them to try to solve a crime was really interesting to me, and I wanted to see how a ghost story like this moved along. It was short (276 pages), and it moved at a quick pace. I didn’t really have any problems with it, except for a couple of holes that may have just been me missing something.

There was a twist in this story (I really need to stop reading books with twists in them for a while), but it wasn’t a big shock to me. I didn’t predict it, but it seemed kind of insignificant compared to everything else in the story. There were actually two twists, and the second twist definitely made my jaw drop, unlike the first one.

The story was a great part of this story, and I look forward to reading the sequel. Part of what made the story enjoyable were the characters.

I really like books that have good friendships in them, and I also really like books that have damaged main characters. Good for me, this book had both. I really liked all of the characters (my favorite was probably Mattie), and her friendship with Dan was really sweet. The only thing that I didn’t really like was that their friendship seemed a little like instant-love, which I’m not a huge fan of (even though I love romance). I’ll have to read a little more of it in the other books before I pass any judgement on that though.

All in all, I really liked this book. It was fun, it was chilling, and it was definitely worth the read. I’d recommend this to those of you who would like to get into horror reading, but are big scaredy-cats like me. Also, pro-tip: if you have a Kindle, this book is free on Amazon (that’s how I read it)!

NEXT READ: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

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