4 out of 4 stars
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Night Ghost by Nick C. Brady follows a group of pre-teens in a horrifying mystery. Suellen and her best friends, Brandon and Slim, are curious about the tiny cemetery near their homes. Suellen’s brother, Andre, informs them of a local legend which says that anyone who walks across one of the graves will be haunted by the ghost of the angry man who was buried there. An adventurous night in the graveyard is cut short by the appearance of the police and the news that there is an escaped serial killer on the loose. Soon, the four young adults find themselves caught up in events that might be way more dangerous than being haunted by the graveyard’s ghost.
Though I am no longer a young adult, this book triggered plenty of nostalgic moments for me. It was easy to compare this book to classic young adult horror stories such as those written by Christopher Pike or R.L. Stine. Everyone seems to remember the Goosebumps or Fear Street series. With more stories like this from Nick C. Brady, I could easily see him establishing a new generation for the genre of young adult horror.
Aside from the twists and turns that kept me hooked to the storyline, I absolutely enjoyed all of the characters and the ways that they developed as the story progressed. If there was anything I didn’t like about the book, it would be that I feel like I didn’t get to spend enough time getting to know them all a little bit better. Having four main characters might have made it a little challenging for readers to feel strong connections to any single one of them. However, Suellen is probably the central character out of everyone, and I did feel like I connected to her most of all.
With no profanity or explicit scenes, this book is suited for younger teens. There is a minimal amount of violence in the book, as well as topics such as serial killing and murder, so more sensitive parents might be a little more cautious to allow their children to read this book. Even with these topics, there aren’t any gross or gory moments, so I still think that the book is perfectly acceptable for this age group. I personally could have picked up this book around age 10 and been completely fine with it.
Overall, I am excited to give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars, and I definitely recommend it to young readers (and their parents) who love horror stories and thrilling mysteries. The book appears to be professionally proofread and edited, with an odd typo a mere handful of times throughout the book. The writing is clear and easy to read, without being childish, so that adults can enjoy it as well.
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