The Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming StaircaseThe Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Published: 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Ghosts, Friendship


I feel different when I read stories that involve ghosts than when I read stories that involve other supernatural or paranormal beings.

I guess it’s because I actually do believe in ghosts and spirits, whereas I don’t, for example, believe in vampires, werewolves, witches (although I’d love to be able to say that I do) or fairies.

It’s not like I believe the world Jonathan Stroud created could one day become OUR world, so I can read this with interest in the topic but also detached from it. Because, really, I don’t think one day our society will be infested with ghosts and that we will have prominent ghostbusting agencies.

But then again I didn’t think we’d one day be in confinement due to a pandemic, so who knows. Maybe Jonathan Stroud knows something we don’t. I’d better get ahead and learn everything I can about this subject.

So this book. It’s good, it’s really good. The mystery is well done, meaning that I didn’t see most things coming, and I found this character trio, which comprises Lucy, Lockwood and George, pretty entertaining. The first 80 pages were basically unnecessary but the story picked up very quickly after and I did not want to let go! There’s no way I’m not picking the second book up soon.


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