Cold Shadows & The Crawling Darkness by J.L. Bryan

Posted October 26, 2016 | 19 Comments

It’s time for a ghostly double feature!

Cold Shadows & The Crawling Darkness by J.L. BryanCold Shadows
Author: J.L. Bryan
Series: Ellie Jordan #2
Publication Date: November 28, 2014
Format: eBook
Pages: 179
Source: Gifted

Footsteps in the attic. Toys that play by themselves. A dark presence in an upstairs room.

Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan faces a difficult new case. Her new clients are a family haunted by multiple ghosts and a poltergeist that wrecks their home at night. Their seven-year-old son’s invisible friends may not be imaginary at all, but the restless spirits of dead children.

To clear her clients’ house of the dangerous entities, Ellie must unravel the mysterious deaths of another family who lived in the old mansion more than a hundred and sixty years ago—and she must do it before the ghosts can carry out their malevolent designs on her clients and their children.

I’m thoroughly enjoying this series! I was impressed with the first book, and Cold Shadows has me completely hooked. This is a quick read without feeling rushed, and it certainly isn’t slacking in quality.

Ghosts can be total dicks. That’s what I’ve learned from this book. Especially when it involves children. I love that it doesn’t feel … cartoony. Does that make sense? It feels realistic, and that actually plays a huge factor in the creepiness.

I really enjoyed the mystery surrounding the ghosts that are haunting the home and the research involved. Investigating the story behind the haunting is instrumental in dealing with the entities, and Bryan does a great job bringing it all together.


Cold Shadows & The Crawling Darkness by J.L. BryanThe Crawling Darkness
Author: J.L. Bryan
Series: Ellie Jordan #3
Publication Date: February 5, 2015
Format: eBook
Pages: 222
Source: Gifted

Ghost removal specialist Ellie Jordan must face a dangerous, shape-shifting entity that she and Calvin have encountered once before, with tragic results. The spirit has the power to reach into the minds of living and feed on their fears, taking the shape of their worst nightmares, and it has awoken in search of new victims.

Now Ellie must try to succeed where she and her mentor failed before, and try to defeat the twisted and powerful old ghost before it can claim another soul for its collection.

I could totally see this series as a television show! We’re taken on another creeptastic journey in The Crawling Darkness, and I enjoyed every moment. There are plenty of thrills and chills to be had.

A super dark and nasty entity is harassing a family … or two, and Ellie is called in to investigate. This thing manifests into your biggest fear and is looking for more than just a little scare. It’s an interesting mystery that connects the past and present in a disturbing way.

Ellie continues to be a wonderful protagonist. I love how she’s steady and analytical, while Stacey is a cheerful sidekick. Their contrasting personalities can be pretty entertaining at times, but they fit perfectly together. It was nice to get more insight to both of their pasts and what it might mean for the future.

Don’t miss out, the 1st book is free!

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19 responses to “Cold Shadows & The Crawling Darkness by J.L. Bryan

  1. Nathan

    After reading your review I decided to get the first book, since it was free. It is now on my growing TBR list.
    Thank you:)

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