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The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw

(Morgan Sisters #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Adopted sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane are polar opposites, but when the same strange 'tattoo' suddenly appears and winds its way up their bodies within days of each other, they soon realise there's more to their relationship than they could ever have imagined.

Sent off to London for two weeks of 'work experience', the Morgan Sisters soon find themselves being initiated i
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Published November 7th 2012 by Suzanne Turner Publishing (first published November 6th 2012)
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Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Emma and Lana are adopted and on their 16th birthdays, strange things happen to them-dying bodies, new found powers, tattoos appearing overnight, talking ghosts and the chance to visit London for work experience. Now they discover that they are part of a secret crime-fighting group with superpowers, and the girls are tasked with helping a ghost to cross over.

I really like the way that the author blends a good p
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
I received this book from Suzy Turner in exchange for an honest review

I LOVE paranormal books and this book did NOT disappoint! I could NOT put this book down.

Emma and Lana are adopted sisters who are like night and day, but there is something different about the girls too. As the story goes, you realize that the girls have special powers. Powers that once came from their fears and are now their strengths!

They get a chance to travel to London for work study program. Only it’s not the type of w
Yvette Calleiro
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. Josiah is just too cute. I would have loved to have been given his perspective when he disappeared. I would have enjoyed his frustration with losing his memory and getting tidbits of his life with Emelia. I enjoyed the concept of the tattoos growing on each of the Watchers and how each tattoo was uniquely related to his/her ability while still being similar to everyone else's. I loved Declan and Saleena and hope we see more of them in the series. And I lo ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beta-read
This beautifully written story follows sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane. I love the relationship between them and you can't help but smile when you read about them. They are total opposites yet exactly alike at the same time if you get what I mean. :) Lana, the girly shopaholic and Emma, the giggly goth have made some great new friends and gained some awesome powers. Loved the interesting characters and creative plot that leaves you guessing what will happen next with all the twists and unexpecte ...more
J.L. Dobias
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelf-003
The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw (The Morgan Sisters) by Suzy Turner

I was not sure how much I would appreciate this one. I got acquainted by reading the story about Daisy Madigan. I really enjoyed Daisy's character and the story sort of reminded me of Ghost Whisperer and then there were elements that were like Scooby Do and the Scooby gang except that the entire Scooby gang might have Paranormal powers. I wasn't sure I'd like the Morgan Sister's since it was likely that Daisy wouldn't be a main char
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
Adopted sisters, Lana and Emma, are 16 year olds living on Andalyse Isle with their adopted parents and their children. The girls are close but polar opposites. A peculiar incident happens to the girls concerning Josiah Grimshaw with him dying in front of them while in the hospital. Their intended life really began with this incident. Both girls have very limiting phobias but those phobias disappear with the sudden appearance of tattoos.
There are even more astonishing paranormal events in sto
Sandra "Jeanz"
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from Suzy Turner in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
So starting with the cover, which I did like prior to reading the book, the scene actually makes even more sense to you once you have read the book. The sisters look as different than chalk and cheese yet we find out later in the book they are closer than they ever thought. I won't give more details as it would give away too much in my opinion.
So basically the book is primarily about the Morgan siste
Chris Longmuir
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was slightly out of my comfort zone with this book, as my usual reading diet is crime, suspense, and action. However, I do like a good ghost story as well which was why I was drawn to it.

Emma and Lana are two adopted sisters and as the story evolves it becomes obvious they have special powers. The first section of the book where they discover a mysterious boy washed up by the sea, and then the death by drowning of the elderly Josiah Grimshaw was full of suspense and really kept me guessing, wh
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My review:

Suzy is a great storyteller! When she contacted me asking for the review I knew that this was going to be a enjoyable read. It truly was! The author is very good at creating both settings and characters and she definitely kept my interest from the first page.

The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw was well written and it is very suitable for all ages.


You meet with two very different adopted sisters Lana and Emma. Their background story is captivating and mysterious, both girls are literall
D.M. Cain
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
At the beginning, I was gripped by this book. It hooked me from the first page and dragged me in. The whole premise was fascinating – an elderly man and a young man with the same name, both having exactly the same death, both falsely recognising one of the main characters as his beloved ‘Emelia’. I was totally immersed in the plot. I was also fascinated when the girls developed their powers and was desperate to read more.
However, once the girls went to London and we learned of the whole Praxos f
Kate’s Book Spot
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.

It took me a little while to get into the storyline but once I did I became hooked by the mysterious and eerie events! It began with a storm and a strange boy being discovered unconscious at the bottom of a cliff – who was he? And, more importantly, how did he recognise Emma when he awoke?

Next on the list of strange occurrences were the tattoos that spread over the girls bodies, this intrigued me as
Jennie Wallace
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
In all fairness this book deserves 3.5 stars but there's no way to do that. I loved the bond that Lana and Emma had with each other. Their characters are complete opposites, yet they're so close to one another. The one thing I found odd about them is Emma is so shy and sweet and keeps everything neat and organized and she dresses in goth clothing. Lana is carefree, outspoken and disorganized and she dresses in fashionable girlie cloths. You would think based on their personalities that Lana woul ...more
Eleanor Smythe
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I always tended to read serious books, books relating to my work or which every subject was flavour of the month for me. One day by chance I came across Suzy Turner and her world of fantasy for young adults. I read her book Raven and was fascinated with the world of make believe. Suzy's writing made me realise that we are never too old for a bit of fantasy and at any age we can dip into the world of Young adult fiction to escape and let our minds drift back to our youth. Now when I've had a lot ...more
Sharon Stevenson
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
'The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw' is the story of two adopted girls Emma and Lana as they turn sixteen and some strange incidents lead them to the truth about their destinies.

I thought this was an easy, enjoyable read. The characters are believable and it felt like a different twist on the usual teen paranormal novel. Although it's quite a common thing in YA paranormal books for the main characters to develop powers, I thought the story in this one was really unique and had some fun and surprising
Kenneth Kerr
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating YA Paranormal Story

Suzy Turner has written an amazing YA novel, the first in a planned series about the Morgan Sisters. The book follows two sixteen-year old sisters, Lana and Emma, who live on a small island off the coast of England. They each have strange experiences that they can't understand until they go to London for a 'work experience'. There they learn about and are initiated into an ancient, secret organization, Praxos Foundation, whose mission is to protect the innocent whi
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw is such a fun read. There is so much action going on that the story moves really fast and the end comes up before you know it. The characters are well developed, very strong and their personalities literally come to life in your mind as you read along. As the storyline opens up, there are more and more surprises revealed and so many more characters that come into play. One would think it would be too busy, but they all tend to mix well and the group of young people w ...more
Candace Nicole
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book because the characters are teenagers, so that meant no sex. But I was pleasantly surprised, and I fell in love with the characters and the story was amazing. I'm a firm believer that love is colorblind and you love with your entire heart. Lana and Emma are sisters but they look nothing a like, one is Biracial and the other is Caucasian, their bond is unbreakable. On their sixteenth birthday, strange things start to happen to the girls and they begi ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I just finished this book and really, really loved it. It's well-written and a lot of fun, and I found myself trying to eat it all up in one sitting, as I had to find out what happened next to the two Morgan sisters. :) I won't spoil any of the plot, but let me say that Emma and Lana were believable and real as they worked together to discover who they were, unravel the mystery of their origin and find their place in a very surprising future. I would highly recommend this series for any lover of ...more
Tamie Dearen
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story that drew me in from the start. I'm obviously not the intended audience, since it's billed as a children's book, but that didn't keep me from loving it. Great character development throughout helps you become emotionally invested in the story. I love the relationship between the two sisters. It's a interesting paranormal story, unique in it's own right, despite the multitude of paranormal stories out there. A clean, fun, and quick read, it leave you wanting more and anxiou ...more
Did not finish. I'll bet I would have enjoyed this when I was a tween, in the same way I liked series like the Baby Sitter's Club. It was a little too thin for adult enjoyment, at least for me. The sisters are supposed to have distinct personal quirks but they hadn't noticeably emerged by the halfway mark, and the love interest seemed to be so abrupt and I just...had to stop. On the other hand, I like the idea of them and the plot sounds good. So yeah, probably good light reading for bored tween ...more
Karl Morgan
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw is the beginning of a new series by Suzy Turner, and it is a fun ride through a new world where almost anything can happen. The Morgan sisters find they have special powers on their sixteenth birthdays, and leave their tiny island for the big city (London) to learn how to use them. The settings are described well and I began to think I was really in London, following them on their adventure. The book includes Chapter 1 of the sequel, which sounds like it will be even ...more
Melissa Pearl
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The sisters were likeable characters that I connected with immediately. What I loved most about the story was the mystery surrounding their creation and the awesome history of their kind. I LOVED what they got up to in London and the other characters we were introduced to at Praxos. I think this a great beginning to a wonderful series. Can't wait for more :)
Shirley McLain
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a story that contains all you could want in a book. It has adventure and romance while at the same time it stays focused on the central premise of the book Josiah Grimshaw. I also liked the supernatural aspect of the book and the explanations do not leave you dangling not knowing why anything happened. If you want an enjoyable and easy book to read you found it in this book.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of books dealing with paranormal mysteries and I must this is one was quite a page turner. A very witty and intriguing plot, impossible to let the book down to go to sleep! A word of caution though... Be ready to spend much time on Mrs' Tuner books cuz once you started one, you'll want to read them all!
Mary Ann
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, paranormal, ya, tween
A nifty YA book that is good 'clean' reading with a tad of the paranormal twist. Liked it enough that I will get the second and see if it lives up to the first. The setting for this story is an island close to the UK and London. Adopted sisters learn about themselves and confront their fears before taking on other challenges.
Bernadette Hutton
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ghost stories are always the same. Add in a few majics and your on to a decent story with a bit of fantasy thrown in. Looking forward to the next book but trying to fit it in is hard. Lots of reading with mixture
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok honestly..Author Suzy Turner NEVER disappoints! This story is great! I love the setting (I would love to live in Suzy's mind) and the characters are SO REAL! I am so excited that Suzy has a new series for me to love!!!!
Beth Hale
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. The characters are well thought out, the plot is fast paced, and I enjoyed the twists and turns. I was hooked at the beginning and didn't want to put it down. I look forward to the next book in the series. I recommend this for anyone who is looking for a fun read.
Samantha Loving
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
It was good I just had a lot of trouble getting into it and had to force myself to continue reading.
J.p. Sitler
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Follow the adventures of the Morgan sisters as they discover their hidden super powers in the world of half angels and ghosts. Awesome read for teens!
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Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten.
The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart husband Michael and their menagerie of cats and dogs.
Suzy's career began soon after completing her A levels when she was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local En

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