Ellie Jordan and her apprentice Stacey investigate a house in an elaborate planned community that was only half-built before it went bankrupt, leaving an instant ghost town with only a few residents. The entity haunting this house is a banshee that feeds on sadness and misery.
Unfortunately for Ellie, this is no simple haunting, but just one symptom of the cursed land on which the suburban community was built. The old railroad line running through the nearby woods might just be a conduit for lost souls, including dark spirits will ill intentions toward the living. Ellie soon finds herself facing one of the most complex and difficult hauntings she’s seen in her career.
I’m still totally enamored by Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper and Terminal just reinforced that fact. The cases are getting more intense, the characters are revealing more layers and I find myself wanting the next book in the series as soon as I finish the current one. Yep, it looks like J.L. Bryan has definitely done it again 😉
As you can tell from the description, this case involved a lot more than just one unwelcome ghost. The whole community was affected by a group of spirits and they were all tied to one source. Terminal proved once again that there’s a lot more involved in Ellie’s form of ghost hunting than just tracking down and trapping the offending ghosts. It’s definitely a team effort that involves hours of research, sleepless nights, cunning and sometimes brute strength. I think that’s one of the reasons why I like this series so much. Ellie is nothing without the people who work with her. That’s also why I get so mad at her at times. She puts the job and everyone around her above her own personal safety.
I was also trying to do the math in my head. If a train leaves point A heading west at thirty or forty miles an hour and climbing, and the tracks end in half a mile, how long until Ellie gets splattered? What if the train is a ghostly apparition that could disappear at any moment, leaving its sole living passenger hurtling through the air until she lands on a rusty iron rail? Show your work.
Okay, so Ellie is a witty character. That doesn’t mean I forgive her for doing stupid things… maybe… Some of those crazy things actually made me admire her. There’s also a fine line between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ entities that Ellie worked around. Her whole thought process about where spirits should end up said a lot about her and the people she worked with and cared about.
There were a few other things happening behind the scenes that had Ellie just a little distracted. Things may be changing and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I love the team just like they are now, which is pretty much where Ellie stands on the subject. It will be interesting to see what twists and turns J.L. Bryan has in store for Ellie and company. 😉