Monday, October 30, 2023

The Lost Boys of Barlowe Theater


It promises beauty but steals life instead. Will the ghosts of Barlowe Theater entomb them all?

Barlowe Theater stole the life of Greta Mercy's eldest brother during its construction. Now in 1915, the completed theater appears every bit as deadly. When Greta's younger brother goes missing after breaking into the building, Greta engages the assistance of a local police officer to help her unveil the already ghostly secrets of the theater. But when help comes from an unlikely source, Greta decides that to save her family she must uncover the evil that haunts the theater and put its threat to rest.

Decades later, Kit Boyd's best friend vanishes during a ghost walk at the Barlowe Theater, and old stories of mysterious disappearances and ghoulish happenings are revived. Then television ghost-hunting host and skeptic Evan Fisher joins Kit in the quest to identify the truth behind the theater's history. Kit reluctantly agrees to work with him in hopes of finding her missing friend. As the theater's curse unravels Kit's life, she is determined to put an end to the evil that has marked the theater and their hometown for the last century.

My thoughts: I'm not usually one for wanting to be scared or anything creepy, but I have read all of Jaime Jo Wright's books and found that they are the perfect read for this time of year! I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this story. It was truly sinister to have people disappear in the early days of the theater and then in modern times. Greta and Kit both feel like they must race against the clock in order to save those they love. 
The suspense in this story kept me up late reading to figure out what happened! I thought that the history was interesting, and loved the historical notes at the end. Whether you like to be slightly terrified or just enjoy a good, historical read, this book is an excellent one to pick up.
I received this book from Bethany House publishers. This is my honest review.

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