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The Creeping Shadow

(Lockwood & Co. #4)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  11,959 ratings  ·  1,593 reviews
After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them--and only them--to locate ...more
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Strange how close the darkness is, even when things seem brightest. Even in the glare of a summer noon, when the pavement bakes and the iron fences are hot to the touch, the shadows are still with us. They congregate in doorways and porches, and under bridges, and beneath the brims of gentlemen’s hats so you cannot see their eyes. There is darkness in our mouths and ears; in our bags and wallets; within the wing of men’s jackets and beneath the flare of a women’s skirts. We carry it around with ...more
Dear Mr. Stroud,

Pretty please with cherries on top.

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Full review posted

There are precisely three things in this world that make my heart all fuzzy

1. Hoodies and hot chocolate
2. Reading fricken good books while it’s snowing
3. Lucewood

This book was fantastic. This book was beautiful. This book was creepy. This book was literally so great I could scream about it for decades to come.


So, let’s talk about how this book is the greatest book in this series.

1. Lucy is a boss and she doesn’t let anyone tell her otherwise like always

2. Holly and lucy’s
(view spoiler)

ok ok honestly i accidentally read the blurb bc im a bitch who needs to read stuff before even finishing the previous damn book. (view spoiler)
There's this badge on the cover of the books: Stroud is a genius. Obviously, that's 100% true.

And to be honest The Creeping Shadow, isn't even flawless perfection. In fact, it's the most flawed in the series. It's still awesome though. And very much so. Because when it works, it works brilliantly. I really can't recommend it enough. The series that is, because skipping ahead to this book, without reading the first ones, would be cheating yourself. Obviously.

Anyway, if Stroud were to write and
5 stars all over again

These books are so near and dear to my heart. Lucy, Lockwood, and George are wonderful and I love them so much. They are some of the best written characters I've come across in YA fiction, and they stand with the greats (Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc).

And of course the skull. His sass takes on a whole new level here and I can't tell you the number of times I busted out laughing at something he said XD

I don't even know if I can write a full and coherent review for this b
Gabrielle  (Has stopped making reading a chore)
Something wicked this way comes. Mild spoilers, for instance.

Confession time: This book was probably my least favorite in the series. Alright, alright, put down those pitchforks and hear me out for a minute.

The Creeping Shadow was flawed. The first half of the book was, much like Lucy's encounters with Lockwood and the gang, awkward. It took a while to find its flow, and was honestly a little repetitive until it found its groove. We didn't need to be reminded of what happened in the previous
This book is awesome. It has all of the great components one looks for in a young adult book: quick action, loveable characters, a great plot, and it manages to both put a smile on my face as well as scare me to the point where I have to sleep with the lights on.

Unlike the other Lockwood and Co. books so far, this one focuses more on action and plot, and less so on the individual haunts and the team-bonding aspect. And, while refreshing, it does have its downsides... though not many.

For starters
Paige  Bookdragon

I have this huge crush with Lockwood and every time his name pops up, I drool.


This is the 4th book of the series and if you haven't read the other 3 yet, close this tab right now and wash your eyes. The story started six months after Lucy left Lockwood's agency *wails*. There's still some major exorcism in this book but what differs The Creeping Shadow from the 3 books is that, this book reveals some major creepy conspiracy that is happening all over London.


I won't tell you any spoiler because
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The wait for this is going to kill me. Reading this is going to kill me. Everything about this book will kill me. EDIT: There's a blurb and Lucy just left I can't even process this I'm so excited! Personally, I'm hoping for lots of Lucewood.
6/8/16: THERE'S A COVER AND I COULDN'T LOVE IT MORE! 3/11/17: Wow. Read this book
Ardent Reader
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
These books keep getting more excited than the last one.
At first, there was a bit disappointment when Lucy was working as a freelancer, but eventually she joined again with the Lockwood& Co' and guess what? The story became more exciting.
Why does always Stroud ends the book with a major cliffhanger??
Re-read because... I’m addicted. This is becoming a series I return to again and again, in the same vein as Harry Potter :O)

“What, are you queuing now? Just how British are you people? Don’t just stand in line! Kill somebody!” (dixit The Skull, of course)

I don’t often re-read books, especially since I have hundreds of ‘new’ titles vying for my attention, which is a pity because there is a special joy in re-visiting a story you enjoyed. This is the case here.

After the events of the previous
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Another hit in the Lockwood & Co. series!!

I’m ranging around 4.5 to 5 stars with this 4th book in the series.

The Creeping Shadow was excellent from the beginning to the end.
I loved all of the plot twists that happens in this book along with showing how members of the Lockwood & Co. are dealing with (view spoiler)
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, spooktacular
The Creeping Shadow is Jonathan Stroud's fourth book in the Lockwood & Co. series. I have really grown attached to the psychic investigative trio of Lucy, Lockwood, George, and their sidekicks they have picked up throughout each book. While I don't read much YA these days, this is a series that will undoubtedly appeal to readers young and old.

It's hard for me not to get bored with a lot of YA books after moving on to epic fantasy and sci-fi in my adult years. I tend to really enjoy a book or two
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fourth installment in the five-book Lockwood & Co series picks up a few months after the last one left off - Lucy Carlyle, having left the Lockwood agency after realizing that her experiments with her psychic abilities were putting the rest of the team in danger, has been working as a kind independent contractor, teaming up with other agencies for one-time jobs. It's only a matter of time, of course, before Anthony Lockwood shows up and asks Lucy to help her former agency with a job.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ghost story fans, Middle Grade/Juvenile Fantasy/Horror fans
I adore this series. I always look forward to the newest book. And I have to get these on audiobook because the narration is always excellent. I was not disappointed. At the end of "The Hollow Boy", Lucy leaves Lockwood and Co for what seems like good reasons at the time. She becomes an independent contractor ghost hunter and she's good at her job. But she's not happy, even with her glass jar skull for company. She misses the camaraderie of Lockwood and Co.: George, even Holly, and of course, Lo ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-print
Thank goodness this fourth book to Lockwood and Co. series is broken up into sections; or I’d never sleep or eat or work until I’d completed it. It’s a huge roller coaster ride: full of intrigue, new types of ghosts, friendships, scary scary shadows and so much more! And all along we are with Luce, Lockwood, George, and Holly; plus some other characters we’ve met along the way. Oh and my favourite character, the skull in the jar!
This series is truly amazing. As a middle grade series it’s always
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 stars

I really.. really enjoy this book. It’s not spectacular. In fact, I guess the third book, The Hollow Boy, remains my favorite of the series but this book has it’s own enjoyable feels.
The story began with Lucy working as freelance psychic advisor. She did relatively well with the skull in her side but she longed for a proper team. Suddenly, after not seeing each other for four months, Lockwood came to her office/apartment and asked for her help. The meeting was quite comical. Lucy hadn’t
winifred muncxa
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First read review

Every now and then, I find flawed books that need to be rated five-stars. I can't not rate them such; it's as if every flaw I may notice while reading is insignificant and powerless because the rest of it's too damn good.

The Creeping Shadow is one of them.

second read review

The first time I read the Creeping Shadow, I devoured it eagerly, and clumsily. I realized soon after I'd read it I couldn't really write a review. Yes, I loved it, so I could rate it 5-stars, but there was
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
FIVE STARS. This successfully addresses almost all the relationship and character problems I had in the previous book - Lucy, Holly, George - and it also portrays quite a few satisfying decisions, in addition to (to my mind) improved interactions. Also, The Creeping Shadow comes across as more of a mystery than any book preceding it; it's probably because the usual case mystery is clearly tangled up in something bigger from the start, and both unfold simultaneously. There's a lot of breadcrumb-d ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How on earth did I get so invested in a series about ghosts?! I dislike ghost stories, generally speaking. Yet I loved the Real Ghostbusters cartoon as a kid, and this is like the Super-British Version with a bonus of super-understated and repressed teen romance, so all right then.

In fact a bit more than all right, because this is the fourth book in the series and I'm still eagerly reading...

Anyway, THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED. Well, not literally everything because there are still more ad
Scott  Hitchcock
Another good chapter in this series. These are great for kids and a lot of fun for adults. I love the cheeky British humor in this middle school urban fantasy series about a ghost hunting agency.
Sheila Beaumont
I've loved every book in this wonderful series about teenage ghost hunters in London, and this fourth entry is no exception. These beautifully written books have it all: adventure, great characters, excellent dialogue (the skull gets the best lines!), humor, mystery, thrills, and all manner of ghosts, ranging from harmless to lethally dangerous. Each of these books has a detailed glossary at the end, which you may want to read before you start the story.

It's a five-book series, so I have only on
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So this one started out and nearly stayed as a three star for me. I was unhappy with what happened in the first half of the book and then finally it started getting good. Then I said, 'self, this is moving into four star mode and then....OH MY G-D aldjfoasfuaosdjfdfdsfioh IT FLEW INTO FIVE STARS SIDEWAYS ON FIRE WITH THE SMOKE COMING OFF OF IT!! HOLY FUCK!!!! I hoped, I wished and it happened!!! I was right I WAS RIGHT AND FUCK IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!! *does a victory dance of awesome* ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I saw this I was like:

I better get started reading the 3rd one.

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Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
After an ominous glimpse at the future, Lucy decided it was best to part ways with Lockwood & Co. She transformed herself practically overnight into a successful freelance agent (with the help of the talking skull in a jar that she carries around with her) that have many vying for her services. When a knock on her door early one morning brings Lockwood back into her life, requesting her services in a most important job, she struggles to decide which is the right path for her. Lucy begins to real ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I love these so much, because I hate scary things, but it's such a good series. I just want to be the office manager and send Holly (who is actually portrayed very sympathetically) packing. This would be lovely, since I would be able to have my six cups of tea a day and no one would blink, since this is England, and tea might be the only thing to give us strength to endure the ghost infestations.

I am very impressed by how Stroud is able to write from a female viewpoint. While L
Procrastinating Bibliophile
2017: I have finished my quest of rereading all the Lockwood and Co. book before The Empty Grave comes out! I love this book. I think it's my favorite book in the series, which is surprising because of all the stuff that happens. So, The Creeping Shadow is my favorite, which is closely followed by The Screaming Staircase. After that is The Hollow Boy. And my least favorite is The Whispering Skull. But don't get me wrong, they're all fantastic and I love all of them. Only three days until The Emp ...more
I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news: there will be only one Lockwood novel to come out.

The good news, this latest novel is the best of the series so far. In terms of plot, definitely fulfill the expectation, following that rather shocking ending of The Hollow Boy. The opening scenes of Lucy trying her luck (with lots of troubles) being a freelancer are lots of fun. Obviously, being a small world of ghost agenting, her path came across Lockwood & Co yet again. Here, we are given m
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
As always the plot is well paced very fast moving and creative and lots of fun to read.
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Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies

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Lockwood & Co. (5 books)
  • The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)
  • The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co., #2)
  • The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co., #3)
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