Monday, 30 January 2012

GHOST OF ROSEWOOD ASYLUM BY STEPHEN PROSAPIO


BLURB from Goodreads
Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events. It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with the more dramatic-but less ethical-Demon Hunters. Now, Zach must fight for both his show's integrity and his team's loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed.
What a great start to what may be a brilliant series of books. I loved the descriptions of the scenery and the Rosewood Asylum building. I liked we got to know about the background of the Asylum too before all the ghosts were introduced into the book. I also enjoyed all the character descriptions of the people and the ghosts too. I don' t wish to give away spoilers but will say there are a few twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing. There are a mixture of talents within the groups of Xavier Investigators and the Demon Hunters. Xavier's staff are more "honest" in their approach to their program, whereas Demon Hunters seem to be all about sensationalism. This book has a bit of everything, there's mystery, lost love, betrayal, possession, suspense,spookiness, a bit scary, danger from those that are the living and the ghosts too. I think there's a little bit of something for everyone within the book. 
The whole concept of Rosewood Asylum is really believable as is the scenario of it being investigated by Paranormal Experts for a TV show. Zach and his fellow investigators are tricked into working with the less credible Demon Hunters. They have to solve the mystery and help the ghosts pass over and be at peace.  There are certainly quite a few ghosts to be helped in this tale. Some "good guy" ghosts trying to protect the building of Rosewood Asylum and also the public from the more rogue element led ghosts that exist in the Asylum. Will they help everyone who needs their help? Will everyone be safe? Who or will anyone get hurt in the process?
There is one particular character where I had queried who she really was and when you found out more about her,  it was a good twist though I had suspected it for a while.
Zach is a great character who has his own personal issues along with the Paranormal issues he investigates too.
I don't usually read "ghost" type books or mystery orientated ones but I have to say I did enjoy this one. Would I read a book 2? Yes I would! 

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