Source: From Random House Audio (a long time ago) in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Series: Lockwood & Co. #1
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.
In "The Screaming Staircase," the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?
Listeners who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally bestselling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.
This book was SO much fun, I absolutely loved it. Over the past few weeks I have been listening to the audiobook in my car, and the reader is stunning. I never wanted to leave the car and I want to listen to the whole series as audiobooks! I received this audiobook a very long time ago but my commute is fairly short now and I haven't been committing to audiobooks like I used to and I found myself wanting to listen again and so I popped this one in. I am SO glad that I did.
Stroud puts together this interesting, spooky, clever story about ghost hunting teens that was engrossing and there wasn't really anything I disliked about it. The characters are all developed well, there is a good amount left open for further books, but not so much as to deter you from the ending and the next books. The plot in this book took a lot of build up and though I normally find that nerve-wracking, I found that the book was giving me enough to continue the character development while the plot was slower. It really was very well done.
I am excited to continue this series and hope to get them in audiobook if possible. I highly recommend for young readers and their parents.