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Publisher's Summary

As a massive outbreak of supernatural visitors baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests throughout London, Lockwood & Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony Lockwood is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness in the team now that Lockwood has shared some of his childhood secrets, and Lucy is feeling more and more as if her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyperefficient new assistant, Holly Munro.
Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including a house where bloody footprints are appearing and a department store full of strange sounds and shadowy figures. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood & Co.'s concerns when assassins attack during a carnival in the center of the city. Can the team get past their personal issues to save the day on all fronts, or will bad feelings attract yet more trouble?
Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.
©2015 Jonathan Stroud (P)2015 Listening Library
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5 out of 5 stars
By dadinUT on 09-26-15

Right in line

This was right in line with the quality of the previous two. Not sure why each book has had a different reader. This reader is quite a bit different than the first two, but once you get used to her, there's lots to like. And the book, really, is the star. Creepy, compelling, completely annoyed that I can't read the next one yet. J.S. is going to throw us all for a loop, I think. I hope it's a nice, long series.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By LCNanny on 12-16-15

getting better

If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Stroud before, how does this one compare?

I think this is the best book in this series. Overall the story had a good momentum, lots of unpredictable moments, it has really scary parts where it's difficult to figure out whats happening (always good in a mystery), the supernatural elements are amped up (in a good way) and really add to the story and suspense. It was nice to see different factions working together, but in someways not enough character development on key people outside the group to be invested in them or their contributions. So sad to learn the bones were burned, and left wondering what that means for the future?? if anything??

However, what a missed opportunity to develop Lucy's back story and character in the scene where she goes home for her first visit since the series started by basically saying:" Lucy went home, didn't relate, left early. If there hadn't been great narration, this would have been the point where I stopped and re-wound because SOMETHING is missing! My last "what the Heck" moment came again at the end of the book, with another "cliff hanger" that is unnecessary. It didn't add suspense, it didn't make me pee my pants wanting more, it is irritating.

What about Emily Bevan’s performance did you like?

Ms. Bevan's narration has been the best of the three books, and was thoroughly enjoyable. She is able to convey subtle nuances with her lovely voice, and it is very much appreciated. I listen while cooking, and never got lost or had to re-wind. She elevated the story.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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