The Dead World of Lanthorne Ghules

Synopsis

What starts as a little sibling rivalry escalates to a life-or-death threat. Can Edwin save his baby sister from the terrible dangers of the Dead World?

Edwin really doesn’t want to be a big brother. Forced to move house, start a new school and make way for this unwelcome interloper in his parents’ affections, he feels like everything is chaos. But things might not be as bad as he fears, as Edwin makes an unusual pen-pal, Lanthorne, who introduces him to a strange world filled with dark secrets and thrilling adventures.

This excitement seems safe until those secrets and adventures start to intrude on Edwin’s life and, more worryingly, on the life of his baby sister. Can Edwin and Lanthorne work together to save Mandoline from the evil Aunt Necra? And can they figure out why Lanthorne’s family is so divided, and what the terrible secret is that so many people seem to know all about but refuse to share with Edwin? – Goodreads

Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.

A quick review for a quick read. This is an okay book. I think readers 8-12 who like “scary” stories will really enjoy it and its a perfect Halloween read for them. The overall story is fine as are the characters and the writing is clear and fast paced. Unfortunately, if you know what a ghoul is prior to reading this book then the “big reveal” will hold no surprises for you and all of the twists and turns are going to be pretty obvious for older teens and adult readers. 2 stars for adult readers, 3 for kids.

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