This addictive YA horror about a group of teen ghost hunters who spend the night in a haunted LA hotel is The Blair Witch Project for the TikTok generation.
When the YouTube-famous Ghost Gang—Chrissy, Chase, Emma, and Kiki—visit a haunted LA hotel notorious for tragedy to secretly film after dark, they expect it to be just like their previous paranormal huntings. Spooky enough to attract subscribers—and ultimately harmless.
But when they stumble upon something unexpected in the former room of a gruesome serial killer, they quickly realize that they’re in over their heads.
Sometimes, it’s the dead who need our help—and the living we should fear.
Teen ghost hunters spending a night in a haunted hotel. Yes, I’m a sucker for a good haunting. And that cover is everything.
Imagery is superb from the beginning, and from the second the teens stepped foot in the hotel I immediately thought of American Horror Story: Hotel. Minus the vampires, of course. But Hotel Cortez in AHS and Horror Hotel do share some similarities – they’re both overrun with ghosts. I’m not fond of the swing a dead cat saying, but it’s a pretty apt description in this case.
The four members of the YouTube famous Ghost Gang have their own talents involving directing, writing, tech, cameras, media, etc., but one member – Chrissy – can see and talk to ghosts. The girl is legit. The group may be in for more than they bargained with this hotel, and Chrissy in particular is in danger. Some ghosts are more aggressive than others.
Ghost Hunters, The Blair Witch Project, and true crime fans will enjoy this quick read, as will fans of slasher films. The teens make some stupid decisions, they choose the horror movie trope of separating at one point (and we all know what happens after that), and it’s pretty obvious who the bad guy is long before they’re named. Despite that, this is a fun read I finished in a couple days. I recommend turning down the lights, grabbing a bowl of popcorn, and settling in with this spooky, paranormal tale.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.