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5.0 out of 5 starsThird Book is a Charm
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2017
What makes a series great is when the characters continue to grow and evolve, you experience different locations, and the stakes are often raised higher with each story. "Temple of Ghosts" offers all of these things as we follow Kate and Jackson to the land of Egypt with its tombs and air of mystery. This new case contains ties to a previous case which only invests you further in the outcome. Written with seamless transitions between the perspective of the two main characters, this writing style allows you to view things through the eyes of Kate, our beloved medium, and Jackson, our ever-evolving, wisecracking mainstreamer who may just have more to him than meets the eye. A great third installation to the GhostWriters series!
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2021
I’ve enjoyed this series from the start, but this is clearly my favorite so far. In this installment, Kate and Jackson are a solid team, even if they don’t have the greatest confidence in themselves, and it fuels the story. Plus, they get to travel to Egypt and explore a pantheon of gods not usually heard of in western culture. The introduction of likable, and even downright lovable, side characters made this story feel like home- in the sense that only at home and with the closest family and friends can you defeat anything that comes against you.
I love how both our main characters grow in this installment. This isn’t just another case of Kate using her abilities to save the day while Jackson acts as her anchor. I also love how, unlike many stories of this kind, as our characters gain in strength, they also face additional vulnerabilities.
Without spoiling too much, I think it’s important for interested readers to know that this one may make you cry, but it’s in no way a sappy story.
As always, I appreciate the diversity of the characters in this book and the respect in which each culture is represented. I can’t say enough good stuff about this book without spoiling it, so this is where I stop. Can’t wait for the next one.
Highly recommended to fans of horror, complex paranormal situations, diverse characters, strong female leads, and smart dark fiction.
5.0 out of 5 starsA fantastic addition to the GhostWriters series!
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2018
TEMPLE OF GHOSTS is Book #3 in the GhostWriters series by J.H. Moncrieff. This book picks up where we left off at Book #2, THE GIRL WHO TALKS TO GHOSTS. Kate and Jackson are once more drawn into a supernatural situation that seems to center around Lily, the young girl they had recently rescued from another psychic danger.
". . . Lily was the supernatural equivalent of an unlocked door in a bad neighborhood . . ."
This time, we are taken to Egypt, where a force claiming to be Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god, leads them. What could Lily's recently deceased Uncle Bill, a military man most recently based in Egypt, possibly have done to forge this connection?
"It's traumatic for mainstreamers to encounter the spirit world . . . The brain isn't prepared to deal with it, so it rationalizes, denies, or goes quietly mad. I usually get the mad ones . . . "
The dynamics between Kate and Jackson continue to improve as they get to know more about each other, both personally and as business "partners". What I really love about this series is that Moncrieff keeps with the characters' "original personalities", allowing them to grow as we would expect in a natural manner.
". . . perhaps aggravating her while she was driving hadn't been the best idea."
Jackson's smart-a** comments and direct approach are the perfect balance to Kate's more "sensitive" nature and "sit back and think about it" philosophy. Together, the couple is one that captures my attention at all times.
". . . that's the problem with lying to yourself. You never quite believe it . . . "
In addition to complimenting each other personality-wise, this duo have grown close enough to know what to expect from the other in most circumstances.
But then, in Egypt, the home to gods considered by most to be mythological, all bets are off.
"They trusted the dog-headed creature who massacred their best scientists? . . . I'm blown away by their stunning aptitude for troubleshooting."
Once again, Moncrieff takes us to an exotic land, and literally brings it alive to us with words, descriptions, and the interactions between our main characters and natives to that country. We get to see the true beauty behind the mask the governments put forth. The lifestyles of the people, architecture, and exquisite sites unique to Egypt are so boldly illustrated in the writing that I felt as if I were seeing it all through the characters' eyes.
". . . if there's anything in this world that makes my skin crawl, it's monsters masquerading as men . . . "
TEMPLE OF GHOSTS is a fantastic novel that ends on just the right note. As a bonus, readers get a sneak preview of another series the author is working on. This, too, looks extremely promising.
TEMPLE OF GHOSTS is highly recommended, as are its predecessors, CITY OF GHOSTS, and THE GIRL WHO TALKS TO GHOSTS.
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
Once more another compelling read from J.H. Moncrieff. Book reviews are not my strong point so please bear with me. The story grabbed my attention from the get go and I ended up reading it in one sitting (much to my wife's chagrin as I was supposed to be doing yard work...). As a writer I struggle with first person point-of-view so to read this where it is written from two characters point-of-view impressed me.
This is the fourth book I have read from this author and I will admit I am a fan. I only have one question. Why do I have to wait until next year for the next installment? Seriously, I recommend this book and this author. Great work, J.H.
5.0 out of 5 starsA HAUNTED TEMPLE IN EGYPT, YES PLEASE
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2018
Temple of Ghosts is a must read for fans of the Ghost Writer series. Kate and Jacks continue their adventures and this time go to Egypt to face their most dangerous opponent ever. The details about an ancient and haunted temple and the death of an American soldier are unveiled in this fascinating mystery. The relationship between Jacks and Kate is so much fun and it’s awesome to see them grow as partners. This is the most intense book so far in the series and I loved the setting.
Temple of Ghosts is a story which keeps you wondering what will happen next. Plus, it gives you fun conspiracy theories and an object look at Ancient Egyptian gods. Like I said it's fun and thrilling, so enjoy it with a nice mug of coffee or a cup of tea.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Thrilling GhostWriter Adventure
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2017
I love it when a story pulls me into a new world (or ancient world, as in this case) and I especially enjoyed the setting of the eerie temples and tombs of Egypt in this third book of the GhostWriters series. Written in first person between the two main characters, the story weaves its way back and forth with unexpected twists and turns. A fast-paced thriller that kept me reading!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe series just keeps getting better
Reviewed in Canada on November 18, 2017
Wow, this book was great! The first two in the series were strong, and it's normal to wonder if the author can sustain that level of brilliance throughout the series. Ha! Moncrieff drew me in right away. I wound up getting no sleep the first night, as I stayed up reading until I finished it at five in the morning: exhausted, wide-eyed, and saying "Holy crap!"
The story is awesome, of course. The freaking plagues of Egypt are something out of a nightmare, and our heroes Kate and Jackson aren't going to stand for it. Their protégé Lily may or not be involved in it; her dad's brother may or may not have helped cause it; somehow the ancient Egyptian gods are real (and may or may not be gods!); and there are exciting new characters who may or may not be on Kate's side. It's so good! I won't give away any of the details, other than to say that they go to Egypt, battle Anubis to save the world, and the ending is SO AMAZING! Seriously. Read it.
Moncrieff's books aren't wonderful reads just because of their plots, though. Moncrieff writes incredibly nuanced characters who come across like real people, not caricatures. And she's a really, really good writer, who has the rare ability to be able to immerse you in a world like few writers other than Stephen King and J.K. Rowling can do.
I wish there was an "author's cut" of this third book twice as long so I could keep reading it. I can't wait for the fourth book to come out!