M. J. and the gang are on another ghost-hunting adventure for their cable television show "Ghoul Ghetters." Their current assignment takes them to the infamous Dunlow castle in Ireland, which is haunted by a dangerous phantom that has attacked and killed anyone who dares to search for the gold treasure that is rumored to be hidden there.
After M.J. and her partner, Heath, arrive at the gloomy location, they are immediately bombarded with hideous images provided by the phantom and physically attacked by the unseen assailant. They were lucky to get out with their lives in this case, with the exception of their television producer, Gopher. While M.J. and Heath were being attacked, so was Gopher and he disappeared from the group and is lost somewhere inside the monstrous castle. The group tries to find Gopher with no luck and has to return back to town before being trapped on the hillside due to their escape route being washed away by the incoming tide.
The Dunlow castle is full of trapped spirits reliving their last few moments at the hands of the phantom and M. J. is on a race against time to solve the mystery of the phantom and find her missing friend. Hopefully, M.J. can do all this before the phantom tries to take her as its latest victim.
I love Victoria Laurie's ghost-hunting adventures and I was definitely excited to read this current installment. Most of these novels start with the group investigating a haunted location with M.J. working to solve the mystery and release any trapped spirits along the way. This one was no different and I enjoyed the author's description of the dark and gloomy locale. It almost felt as though you were there with this ghost-hunting group in the castle.
There were only a couple of problems with this novel. One was the pacing of the story. It took several trips to the castle to solve the mystery and find their missing friend, which I thought was unrealistic. Your friend is missing in a location and you leave them to fend for themselves for several days. I don't think so. The second issue was Gilley. Normally, he is scared during these ghost-hunting adventures while being slightly overdramatic but always ends up being a reliable, trusted friend to M.J. In this book, Gilley was so over-the-top that he was almost cartoonish and I wanted to throttle him by the end of the novel. It just got to be too much and took away from the plot of the novel.
I still enjoyed this novel and I'm looking forward to the sixth installment in this series.
When M.J. Holliday and the crew of her cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, venture to the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle in Ireland, drawn by the legend of hidden treasure, they hope the road will rise up to meet them, that the wind will always be at their backs-and that the resident phantom won't push them off a cliff. If they treasure their lives, M.J. and her ghost busters need to get the drop on the menacing phantom...