Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.
She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.
When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.
And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.
This is a book two, but you could probably read it without reading book one. There is a bit of a recap early on in the book about who Cassidy is and why she has a connection to ghosts. I do recommend reading City of Ghosts though.
Cassidy’s parents are still filming their new ghost show. This time they are off to Paris, a beautiful city that is haunted. Now that Cassidy knows how to help ghosts move on, she starts to feel like it’s her duty. Jacob tries to keep her away from the Void, but she still gets pulled in. The Catacombs is the first place the crew visits and Cassidy feels a lot there. It’s already creepy with all the bones, but she knew there would be ghosts around after hearing the story of people getting lost and dying there.
Ever since she met Lara, Cassidy has been worried about Jacob getting stronger. She doesn’t want him to move on and leave her. While in Paris, Cassidy comes face to face with a poltergeist. They are what happens to ghosts who don’t move on and continue to grow in strength and anger. The mirror doesn’t work on the young boy (poltergeist), so Cassidy has to work on finding out who he was and how he died. Poltergeists can’t move on because they forgot what happened in their lives. They are extremely dangerous.
What was it that Lara said? First comes mischief, then menace, then mayhem.
This poltergeist gets through all of those quickly and lives throughout Paris are in danger. Jacob reluctantly helps Cassidy as she researches (along with Lara over the phone) to try to figure out who this boy is so she can send him on. She’s doing all this while going with her parents to take photos while they film. There are some close calls since Cassidy is being watched carefully after disappearing before.
I loved all the locations they visited, the history of the places, and the lore that was spread throughout the book for each place. I also adored the little girl Cassidy meets and I hope we see her again. These books are so much fun to read.
I gave this 5 stars and can’t wait for the next book.
Have you read City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones? Do you enjoy reading about ghost stories and folklore?