A chilling ghost story set in the far east that will keep you reading long into the night. Evil visited the ancient Chinese city of Hensu. Tourist Jackson Stone, hoping to get the scoop on a paranormal tale, gets far more than he wished for. It's one thing to visits a haunted location. It's another to be stalked by the a spirit, one so strong, so corporeal, it's hard to tell the difference between reality and the supernatural. J.H. Moncrieff has penned a winner, with strong characters and palpable tension and frights. If you love a good ghost story, City of Ghosts is a must read.
I rated this book five stars because of the character development and the unique spirit world the author creates. The thought of ghosts with the abilities the ghosts in the story have actually gave me goose pimples. For the first few nights after I was done reading, I would switch the light on whenever I had to get out of bed. Yeah --- might scare a bug into hiding, but wouldn't help much at all to keep ghosts like the ones Moncrieff describes at bay. But what was really intriguing was the growth of the main character, his thought process, his actions, and his dialogue described with such verisimilitude. The twist for me in this horror novel was the compassion and justice in it. As for the setting descriptions -- the food, the countryside, the background characters, even the other tourists --- all reminded me that I haven't traveled in too long a time. China might just be my next stop. Thanks for a fun read, J.H
J.H. Moncrieff has written a book I was unable to put down. Well written and suspenseful, filled with engaging, fully realized characters, City of Ghosts delivered over and over again. Moncrieff never lets her creations be one dimensional and constantly challenges stereotypes and tropes. Romances bloom slowly, deliberately, honestly. Suspense always has a rewarding payoff, and twists and turns surprise and delight.