BOOK REVIEW - The Lost Boys of Barlowe Theater by Jaime Jo Wright
The Lost Boys of Barlowe Theater
by Jaime Jo Wright
October 9 - 20, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
It promises beauty but steals life instead. Will the ghosts of Barlowe Theater entomb them all?
Barlowe Theater stole the life of Greta Mercy's eldest brother during its construction. Now in 1915, the completed theater appears every bit as deadly. When Greta's younger brother goes missing after breaking into the building, Greta engages the assistance of a local police officer to help her unveil the already ghostly secrets of the theater. But when help comes from an unlikely source, Greta decides that to save her family she must uncover the evil that haunts the theater and put its threat to rest.
Decades later, Kit Boyd's best friend vanishes during a ghost walk at the Barlowe Theater, and old stories of mysterious disappearances and ghoulish happenings are revived. Then television ghost-hunting host and skeptic Evan Fisher joins Kit in the quest to identify the truth behind the theater's history. Kit reluctantly agrees to work with him in hopes of finding her missing friend. As the theater's curse unravels Kit's life, she is determined to put an end to the evil that has marked the theater and their hometown for the last century.
Praise for The Lost Boys of Barlowe Theater:
"Jaime Jo Wright takes readers on a journey that leaves them with a renewed sense of hope... Read this story. You won't be sorry."
~ Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Extreme Measures series
The Lost Boys of Barlowe Theater is a wonderfully atmospheric dual-time tale of two women separated by a century and bound by the ghosts of the past. Barlow theatre stole the life of Greta Mercy’s brother during its construction. Now in 1915, the completed theater appears every bit as dangerous. Greta conspires with police to help uncover the ghostly secrets of the theater and decides she must put the phantoms to rest to save her family.
Fast forward several decades, Kit’s Boyd’s best friend goes missing during a ghost walk at the Barlowe Theatre. Old stories of ghoulish happenings resurface. All the talk brings television ghost-hunting host and skeptic Evan Fisher as Kit to help in his quest to find the truth behind the theatre’s history. She reluctantly agrees in hopes of figuring out what happened to her friend. As the theater’s curse unravels Kit’s life, she sets out to save the building and her friend. What could possibly go wrong?
This is my first book by this author, and it won’t be my last. I don’t usually read spooky books but given its spooky season, I thought “Why not?” This book didn’t disappoint. The authors ability to weave a spooky plot with a strong Christian message is top notch. I was immediately drawn in by the plot alone. The world building is awesome. With each POV, I felt like I was transported back in time and walking along side the characters. The characters are well written and relatable. The parallels between the stories were also intriguing and I enjoyed how the book unfolded. The pace is spot on, and I flew through the pages.
The author also does an excellent job of world building which added depth to each of the mysteries. Full of one red herring after another kept me guessing until the mysteries were solved. I feel like the book ties both stories together in a seamless way.
I can’t say enough good things about this book and look forward to reading more from this author!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Christian, Historical
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: October 2023
Number of Pages: 384
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Jaime Jo Wright is the author of nine novels, including Christy Award and Daphne du Maurier Award winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo; her husband, Cap'n Hook; and their two mini-adults, Peter Pan and CoCo.
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