Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
Really enjoyed this middle grade cuteness. It’s short and sweet, super easy to read, and got a decent flavour of mystery with its ghostly goodness. It’s not really a mystery but it’s still got that hint to it.
The ghosts and how it worked was good fun, and I really liked Cassidy’s approach to it, as well as her friendship with Jacob. I liked how their connection worked.
I found her parents a little meh, but they’re not in it enough for me to care properly. I was also surprised not to have Grim the cat more prominent given he’s on the cover. Also surprised they took him to Scotland!
I like how the premise works and how it looks like it will play out for future books.
It is young feeling, but not too much I don’t feel, and definitely keeps some of the “scary” elements of ghosts to keep it suspenseful and sort of still feeling like Schwab 🙂
Looking forward to the next one!
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