The Spirit in the Crypt (Jonny Roberts #1) by Alexander Lound Book Review

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Title: The Spirit in the Crypt (Jonny Roberts #1)
Author: Alexander Lound
Pages: 246
Publication date: June 10th 2019

About the book
When fifteen-year-old Jonathan Roberts goes out with his friends on a summer night, he doesn’t expect to be forced to enter a crypt by Francis Everton. To be forced to look at skeletons decaying in their graves.

To hear the voice, screaming at him. Screaming into his mind. Commanding him to leave.

What the voice in the crypt belongs to, he can only wonder. A demon? A ghost? It gives him nightmares for weeks afterwards. Of skeletons strangling him. And then, bizarrely, of a girl from his school, making the long walk across the graveyard and entering the crypt. Never to come out before his waking.

When he returns to school in September, he never expects to learn that something awful has happened to the girl, turning his fear to panic.

Panic which will force him to unravel the mystery of the crypt, and in doing so, many mysteries about himself.

I won't lie and say that this book isn't my typical read and not something I would have picked out had the author had not reached out to me and offered me a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. I tend to steer clear of creepy books (for I am a total wuss) but after a discussion with Lound, he reassured me that whilst some scenes were a bit creepy, it was nothing overly terrifying, so I decided to give it a go and step outside of my comfort zone!

I completely agree with Lound, whilst some parts are a bit spooky and keep you on the edge of your seat, it's nothing overly scary and certainly nothing that would stop me from reading it. In fact, it was a very entertaining book that was full of drama. I don't recall a dull moment throughout the book and it didn't feel like it dragged in any places at all, which for a debut novel I think is amazing. Lound's writing style was fun and adventurous and really immersed you into Jonny's world, and you get a real sense of being on a journey with him as he tries to figure out what's happening himself.

In fact, I absolutely LOVED the part of the book where Jonny was having a conversation with a medium about what happens when people die, about "Limbo" and the afterlife and the concept of it all. I thought it was extremely interesting and thought-provoking and I enjoyed reading about it.

I perhaps would have liked to have seen Jonny's character have developed a little bit more towards the end of the book, especially after all he went through, but this is the first book in the series, so I'm sure that will come with time.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this debut novel. It's fun and entertaining, and whilst it's not my usual read, I'm glad the author reached out to me as I really enjoyed it and would read the other books in this series!

Verdict: ★★★

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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