Long ago, dreams glowed on the screen under the night sky at the old drive-in theater. Once an attraction drawing families and teenagers from miles around, the theater has sat dark and silent for years, its former bright, carnival-like atmosphere a distant memory.
A young family brings the forgotten theater to life with a new, modern vision for its future, but strange troubles plague them. Something from the past haunts the theater and won’t leave them, or their occasional customers, alone. The family is living in the old theater manager’s apartment located inside the drive-in’s screen tower, so they enjoy no peace even when they go home after work late at night.
With disturbing supernatural activity threatening their small business and their family, they turn to paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan for help—but the mythic world of the movies has its own dark magic, and Ellie may not be prepared to face what awaits her when the sun goes down, the lights go out, and the show begins.
Picking up a new Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper book is like visiting a good friend or friends – because the series wouldn’t be the same without her “found” family. I look forward to each new installment of this series and pretty much drop whatever I had decided was next in my never ending TBR pile to spend time with this crew – even though I know I’m in for some sort of dangerous terror between the pages. Crazy, right?
I also look forward to discovering whatever unique venue J.L. Bryan has decided to haunt next. There are so many deserted drive-in movie theaters across the country that Midnight Movie probably provided a familiar spot for a lot of readers. That familiarity definitely took scare factor up a notch – plus there was a bonus haunting at a nearby house. Yikes!
As with most mysteries, nothing is quite what it seems and there was more than one spooky being haunting the property. The real mystery was figuring out exactly who they were and more importantly, which one was in charge and the most dangerous.
Of course, Ellie found herself right in the middle of the danger while trying to protect her friends and the family that hired them. There was also a lot of witty banter and fun to break the growing tension. As a bonus, they also got to watch a lot of really old and some really bad movies while they were trying to figure out exactly who they were dealing with. Which brings me to an interesting side note…if J.L. Bryan ever decides to abandon his book writing, he may have a future in writing screen plays for campy, over the top “B” movie horror stories. 😉