Author: J.L. Bryan
Series: Ellie Jordan #1
Published by: Self-Pub
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, the most haunted city in the United States.
When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.
Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.
Well now, color me impressed.
I read The Haunted E-book by JL Bryan years ago and liked it. I don’t even know if that book is available anymore since I don’t see it on Amazon. Anyway, I’ve collected four other books by him over the years, but never got around to reading them. You guessed it, Ghost Trapper is one of them! I’ve heard over and over how good this series is, and finally, I got the urge to jump in.
I’m not sure why, but I had it in my head that this was more YA and would have angsty, annoying teenagers. Where the hell did I get an idea like that? That’s not even close to what Ghost Trapper is like. Ellie is an intelligent woman with a psychology degree, who stays calm in crazy situations. I was especially happy to see that she looked at things logically, and doesn’t consider parapsychology as scientific. She’s the kind of ghost hunter I can get behind. There’s actually a fantastic team of characters that I’m exciting to see more of.
Bryan did a great job bringing it all to life. It had that movie quality about it, so vivid and immersive. There were definitely some creepy moments that had me on the edge of my seat. Just the overall story was put together really well. I’m very much looking forward to the rest of this series.
P.S. This book is free.