Four paranormal researchers (and their monkey) on a quest to document an actual ghost get more then they bargained for when they check out the haunted happenings on a deserted stretch of beach.
Zombies and Ghosts go together like eggs and bacon (or corn beef and hash for those of a different sort), so it comes as no surprise that your favorite zombie reviewer loves a good ghost story. This ghost story has the advantage of coming across like a good episode of Ghost Hunters (if there were such a thing).
Our spook spectacular starts out by introducing the quirky set of characters you’ll be growing to love in this story. There is Kit, the newest member of the group doing this just for a quick buck; Ashura the beautiful African who needs this job to send money home to her parents; Fletcher, a con man with a knack for coming up with good explanations for ghostly goings on; Byron, the rich team lead with an honest desire to prove the existence of the paranormal, and let us not forget Byron’s pet monkey Polidori who goes where ever Byron goes. Together the group travels the world trying to track down evidence of the paranormal. After one very disappointing trip the group runs into Ruth who owns the only house for miles on a nearly desolate stretch of beach. Arriving to the beach house they notice it’s surrounded by ancient burial mounds and feel an unearthly presence in the air. There suspicions are confirmed when a “Ghostly Tide” (thus the name of the story) blows in nearly overpowering their senses and bringing any dead creature in its wake back to angry, screaming life. Now the five (six including Ruth’s younger sister) must discover the force behind the Tide before it makes slaves of them all.
I have always been a fan of ghost stories, but the main problem with them is they usually take themselves a little too seriously. I end up feeling like I’m reading an aristocrat’s dictation of tax law and less like I’m reading an enjoyable story. That wasn’t the case in this one. Simon Clark manages to infuse humor into what is otherwise a fairly creepy tale. The laughs don’t ruin the hair raising moments and the scares don’t ruin the smiles you will undoubtedly get while reading the tale.
The book moves along at a very good pace the entire making sure you don’t get bogged down in unnecessary details. The story is very well written and sucks you into what is going on inside of the novel.
The thing I loved the most about this book by far is how much I enjoyed the characters. Each one has his own personal quirks, weaknesses, and strengths. They came across completely natural and made me care very deeply about what was going to happen to them. I grew much attached to them during the course of the novel.
The only bad thing I can say about This Ghostly Tide is that it ends much too abruptly. You can read through the whole thing in only a couple of hours. It could have been much longer. Still that being said I garnered immense enjoyment from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a day off and wants to get through an entire book in one day.
The Undead Review
Written By: Simon Clark
Published By: Bad Moon Books