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Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio
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Jul 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, paranormal, relationships, scifi-fantasy, suspense
Read in July, 2011

Polished confident storytelling characterizes this scary and thoroughly modern ghost story by Stephen Prosapio. Zach Kalusky heads the cast of Xavier Paranormal Investigators and hides a secret. As the team combines with the scorned, and possibly fake, Demon Hunters for a TV special filmed at Rosewood asylum, Zach may not be the only person hiding something. Ghost-hunting details, ethical challenges, and seriously scary mysteries ensue. Someone has been setting fires for more than a century and the council would like to sell the building if only anyone could manage to stick around and buy it. But Zach’s not sure who’s pulling what strings behind the scenes.

With fun details of ghost-hunting and television technique, nicely researched history, and a sympathetic approach to the protagonist’s Catholic faith, this really is a captivating read. There’s a nice balance of the unexpected with the guessed-at, scary with calm, and real with fake, leading to a very visual, exciting conclusion. I certainly hope there’ll be more XPI adventures in the future.

Disclosure: I “met” Stephen Prosapio on Gather, then later on Facebook, and was pleased to get a really good deal on buying this book.
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