Book Review: The Spectral City

Disclosure: I bought this book because I received the second book as an ARC. As always, my opinions about this book are my own.

Let me just say, these books are fantastic for Halloween. They’ve got everything you could possibly want, ghosts, girls with almost magical powers, and those same girls fight for what’s right. What’s not to love?


In turn-of-the century New York City, the police have an off-the-books spiritual go-to when it comes to solving puzzling corporeal crimes . . .

Her name is Eve Whitby, gifted medium and spearhead of the Ghost Precinct. When most women are traveling in a gilded society that promises only well-appointed marriage, the confident nineteen-year-old Eve navigates a social circle that carries a different kind of chill. Working with the diligent but skeptical Detective Horowitz, as well as a group of fellow psychics and wayward ghosts, Eve holds her own against detractors and threats to solve New York’s most disturbing crimes as only a medium of her ability can.

But as accustomed as Eve is to ghastly crimes and all matters of the uncanny, even she is unsettled by her department’s latest mystery. Her ghostly conduits are starting to disappear one by one as though snatched away by some evil force determined to upset the balance between two realms, and most important—destroy the Ghost Precinct forever. Now Eve must brave the darkness to find the vanished souls. She has no choice. It’s her job to make sure no one is ever left for dead.

The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber 

My Review

Honestly, I really liked it. I am not usually one to seek out historical fiction, but the second I heard ghosts, I was excited. I love ghosts in books, especially when they’re not used as a medium to scare the reader. Too many books show ghost as something to be feared. This did a wonderful job of allowing ghosts to be more. It truly felt as though this book opens the discussion of the paranormal in a way that shows that they are like us, but passed on, a sentiment I always felt to be true.

The one thing I will say for anyone reading this who gains an interested in the paranormal, please do not use ouija boards or hold your own seance. This is not something you should mess with lightly. I am assuming most people won’t, but still. I just felt a little compelled to remind everyone that I do not recommend it, whether you believe in the paranormal or not. Hear me out: why take the chance?

I think this book did a fantastic job of keeping you in the time period and engaged with the characters. It was very well written and I didn’t really get caught up in any huge mistakes. I honestly can’t wait to read the next book and tell you all what I think of that one. If this sounds like something that you might be interested in, grab the book yourself by clicking here.

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This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info

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