Welcome to Egypt, where the line between god and monster is blurred…
Medium Kate Carlsson has returned from Poveglia with her partner, Jackson Stone, but there’s no time for rest and relaxation. Strange things are happening in Kate’s sleepy Vermont town. Locusts lurk in her kitchen, frogs rain from the sky, and water turns to blood. Even worse, her friend—a noted Egyptologist—has vanished.
To save her town and find her friend, Kate and Jackson must confront an ancient evil originating from the tombs and temples of Egypt. With the help of an enigmatic Egyptian psychic, they will face their greatest foe yet.
Horror After Dark Review
TEMPLE OF GHOSTS is Book 3 in the GhostWriters series by J.H. Moncrieff. This book picks up where we left off at Book 2, THE GIRL WHO TALKS TO GHOSTS. Kate and Jackson are once more drawn into a supernatural situation that seems to center around Lily, the young girl they had recently rescued from another psychic danger.
“. . . Lily was the supernatural equivalent of an unlocked door in a bad neighborhood . . .”
This time, we are taken to Egypt, where a force claiming to be Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god, leads them. What could Lily’s recently deceased Uncle Bill, a military man most recently based in Egypt, possibly have done to forge this connection?
“It’s traumatic for mainstreamers to encounter the spirit world . . . The brain isn’t prepared to deal with it, so it rationalizes, denies, or goes quietly mad. I usually get the mad ones . . . “
The dynamics between Kate and Jackson continue to improve as they get to know more about each other, both personally and as business “partners”. What I really love about this series is that Moncrieff keeps with the characters’ original personalities, allowing them to grow as we would expect in a natural manner.
“. . . perhaps aggravating her while she was driving hadn’t been the best idea.”
Jackson’s smart-ass comments and direct approach are the perfect balance to Kate’s more sensitive nature and “sit back and think about it” philosophy. Together, the couple is one that captures my attention at all times.
“. . . that’s the problem with lying to yourself. You never quite believe it . . . “
In addition to complimenting each other personality-wise, this duo have grown close enough to know what to expect from the other in most circumstances.
But then, in Egypt, the home to gods considered by most to be mythological, all bets are off.
“They trusted the dog-headed creature who massacred their best scientists? . . . I’m blown away by their stunning aptitude for troubleshooting.”
Once again, Moncrieff takes us to an exotic land, and literally brings it alive to us with words, descriptions, and the interactions between our main characters and natives to that country. We get to see the true beauty behind the mask the governments put forth. The lifestyles of the people, architecture, and exquisite sites unique to Egypt are so boldly illustrated in the writing that I felt as if I were seeing it all through the characters’ eyes.
“. . . if there’s anything in this world that makes my skin crawl, it’s monsters masquerading as men . . . “
TEMPLE OF GHOSTS is a fantastic novel that ends on just the right note. Although this one does take place immediately following the events in Book 2, the story itself could stand on its own. The pieces of information carried over from that one are explained fully in this novel.
About The Author
About J.H. Moncrieff
J.H. Moncrieff’s City of Ghosts won the 2018 Kindle Book Review Award for best Horror/Suspense.
Her work has been described by reviewers as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure.
She won Harlequin’s search for “the next Gillian Flynn” in 2016. Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.
When not writing, she loves exploring the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.
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