Author : Duncan Ralston
Genre : Paranormal/Horror
Publisher : Shadow Work Publishing
After a near-death experience caused by the park’s star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won’t let her live life to the fullest. She’s come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech’s psychological effect on the user.
But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare.
With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape… or become Ghostland’s newest exhibits.
All right, are you all strapped up tight and ready for some action ? Because this book will toss you around and drive you wild for over 400 pages !
I requested this book on Netgalley because I’m in this huge paranormal reading phase lately and I’m also a massive amusement park lover. Ghostland has both of those elements so yeah, I kind of threw myself on it. The best part is it’s just been released last week so you and I can hype it up real good people ! Fair warning though : it’s not for the faint of the heart. If you don’t like violence and gore, you should stay away from Ghostland. I’m pretty tough when it comes to those things and even I got sometimes surprised by how graphic the descriptions were. So, be careful about that !
The plot revolves around Ben, Lilian and Allison, two teens and a therapist (yes, I know, that sounds weird) who decide to go to the latest “amusement” park in town, Ghostland, that is exhibiting real ghosts (because yes, here ghost have been proven to exist). Except something goes wrong and the ghosts are all released from their virtual cages and are let loose in the park to unleash their violence. Ben, Lilian and Allison must try to escape and survive this whole nightmare while uncovering the secrets of the park.
The plot itself is fantastic ! I loved the fact that over 90% of the book is actually set in the park and stayed true to its promise. The whole park adventure is thrilling and action-packed. There’s really no dull moment, no time to breathe. Once the real action had started, I didn’t put the book down and had to finish it, because I wanted to know what happens ! I really liked the fact that the author put “real life” ghosts in his story. We get little references to Annabelle, Robert the doll etc. and that was a nice touch. Truth be told, I kind of want to visit an IRL Ghostland, even after reading about ghosts unleashed in the park.
A few things were a little annoying but nothing too repulsive for me. The beginning of the book throws you right in its world, with very little context. I didn’t realize ghosts were actually real there until 15-20% of the book where it’s written. Meaning I was a little confused about things until then. I also think the ending was rushed. We get this peak in the action, you feel that this is a big moment with crucial decisions, and…. Right at that moment there’s a time ellipse skipping all the finale action to the epilogue. And that’s it. I mean, I wanted to read more about what happens towards the end… That’s the only thing that disappointed me.
The characters are all pretty okay, even though it makes no sense to me why Allison the therapist would take two kids to a ghost park just for the sake of “social experimenting”. Besides that, I didn’t think any of them was too remarkable, but Ghostland isn’t the type of book you read for the characters. You read it for the plot, and that was perfectly executed. I did like Ben best though. He seems to be the most down to earth of the trio, even when all hell lets loose. There could have been some more character development for some characters such as Garotte but hey, we can’t have everything !
If you enjoy horror and paranormal story, this is a gem for you to read. It seriously is amazing and will keep you entertained until the end !
Thanks for reading me !
See you soon,