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Summary

Cherry blossom lipstick: check

Smokey eyes: check

Skinny jeans: check

Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She's been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see's the ghost of her foster sister... Sally. Everyone thinks Sally's just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth-she's dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can't do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally's disappearance.

Only to find out she's dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

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  • Derek
  • Canvey Island
  • 28-01-17

best yet

This is the best ghost story I have read by far. Anticipation and hipe level high all the way through to the end. Brilliant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good narrator<br />

Spooky Ghost Horror Story. would be interested in doing this myself how.? she has got a great voice speaking different characters.












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Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book I would read it all over again! Totally recommend you read it!!😄

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loved it

read on kindle and audible depending on where I was. great flexible way to read this book. narrator brilliant

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Quaint gripping ghost story, beautifully narrated

Gripping to listen to. But don't worry it's not scary at all.

Mattie is a great character she's really sincere and honest.

Little bit gutted the narrator isn't doing the next one as I really liked listening to her. Here's hoping the rest of the series is just as good.

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  • JoAnn
  • 21-07-15

Enjoyed the story

It maybe geared to a younger crowd but I enjoyed the plot and the lack of sex. The narrator is fantastic. Just listened to a book whose narrative spoke so fast and emotionless making the story hard to enjoy. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good ghost story.

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  • Grant
  • 05-08-14

Loved every bit!!!!

Great book! An on the edge of your seat suspense. Can't wait to hear/read more from this author.

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  • Tara
  • 11-01-14

fun listen

What did you love best about The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1)?

It was told in first person and Maddie is a great character. Strong characters throughout but she is fun.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maddie with her sarcasm and wit

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with Maddie and Dan and his family and then Maddie again in the diner

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an extreme reaction just an enjoyable reaction

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  • Shan937
  • 22-10-14

Defective recording! Frequent repeats.

What disappointed you about The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1)?

Very difficult and frustrating to listen to because so many sections repeat. This audio book needs to be recalled, fixed.and reissued. Sorry I wasted a credit. Very disappointed because without the technical issues it would be a good story.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • 19-04-14

WHO EDITED THIS BOOK

There were a lot of repeats in the recording. But I really like the story, will probably get the next issue.

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  • St. Basil Fish
  • 08-11-16

Reads Like a First Draft. Lots of Potential.

What would have made The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1) better?

Character development. The characters were flat. The protagonist felt a need to tell the reader over and over again she was a tough girl with strong walls built to keep people at bay, yet every cute boy that arrived on scene melted her walls away with little more than a charming smile.

The relationship between the 16 year old protagonist and the 23 year old cop was unbelievable, weak, a little creepy, and a little too "Pretty Little Liars." This was the kind of writing you would expect to see on a teen drama debuting on Free Form.

What could Apryl Baker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Show. Don't tell.

Emotions were stated more often than shown. Descriptions were repeated verbatim with little expansion. The words said what the writer wanted to say, but didn't convey the depth and meaning of them.

Be truthful with the reader. If your protagonist is a hardened girl with walls to plow through and a chip on her shoulder, don't let her actions contradict that. For a girl who "doesn't cry," she wept often. Her walls were bypassed by cute boys showering her with attention. The world seemed to be "all eyes on her" which shouldn't have been the case for a girl who was trying to keep her head low and make it through life unharmed by negative emotions.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was unique. The narrator sounded very young which captured the image of the protagonist well. Some of the voices given to other characters (especially to the older men and "Mrs. O") were not well selected - adding comedy where none was intended.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed the book didn't deliver on its promises. This is in part due to writing, but also in part due to Audible's advertising method (i.e., how the book came across my feed). I went in unaware that this was a YA book. It was advertised as horror - a young girl who can see spirits and is forced to face them. It wasn't advertised as YA horror which is a completely different realm than what I'm used to.

Also the audio editing needs work. There are parts that repeat themselves before progressing on. Audio quality was rough in several spots.

Any additional comments?

I gave the story three stars because OVERALL it is a good story. There is so much potential and room for growth. There were great little twists and turns. I had fun pushing through to the end of the story, but I shouldn't feel like I have to "push through."

I wish the author would have spent more time developing her characters and showing us the horrific world her protagonist must face. I wish an editor, friend, advisor, anyone, would have helped her reign in some of the repetitions and tangents; helped her focus.

It felt like I was reading the first draft of a neat story that needed a little help and guidance. I hope that Ms. Baker comes back and revisits this story. With some fine tuning she could set this story on fire.

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  • Erika
  • 04-03-16

Spooky!

Would you listen to The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1) again? Why?

Definitely, it was suspenseful and creepy and Roxanne Bell did an perfect job narrating..

What other book might you compare The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1) to and why?

I might compare it to the TV show Ghost Whisperer. The commonality being both characters see and talk to ghosts. Ghost Whisperer was also my favorite TV show for the 5 years it ran.

What does Roxana Bell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's the voice of Mattie, the teen girl who who see's ghosts. Her voice is clear and articulate and she sounds like a teen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It took a couple sittings because of the length but I was into it since the start.

Any additional comments?

I love ghost stories, really anything suspenseful and creepy. This book fit. Mattie see's ghosts but she doesn't want to. She does her best to ignore them until she's put into a situation where she needs them.

Mattie's mother tried to kill her when she was a baby then she died. So Mattie has been passed through the foster care system from one horrible home to another. She finally is placed with a couple who care. She gets meals daily, Mrs. O is there for her when she has problems. Everything is good, until a ghost shows up that changes everything.

The suspense level in the book is off the charts and it's descriptive yet on level for young adults. Excellent Book!

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  • Sheri Parisian
  • 03-09-15

Binged Listened

Really enjoyed the narrator- young female! Thrilling and quick story about a girl who sees ghosts and try's to figure out why they are coming to her... And tries to find out who killed them!

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  • Donna Owens
  • 20-07-15

great

this was a great read and storie all the way through love love love it

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  • Amy
  • 30-10-14

Very Slow Going

Would you try another book from Apryl Baker and/or Roxana Bell?

Excellent narration. However, the story is dragged down with too much dialogue and confusing paranormal activity.

Would you recommend The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1) to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Baker needs to pick up the pace by cutting back on dialogue and unnecessary scenes that don't move the story forward.

Have you listened to any of Roxana Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but she is an excellent YA narrator.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful