Tunnel of Bones is the second book in the City of Ghosts series and follows Cassidy, a twelve-year-old girl who can see ghosts and her ghostly friend Jacob.
This time, the story takes place in Paris, where her “ghost-hunter” parents are filming in the creepy Catacombs, which is basically an underground cemetery that is a labyrinth containing the bones of millions of Parisians. Think it might be haunted? If you answered yes, then you’re correct.
In this novel, Cassidy and Jacob end up awakening an angry Poltergeist who ends up wreaking all kinds of havoc in Paris.
The problem is that Cassidy can’t stop him with her mirror because the Poltergeist doesn’t remember who or what he is, which is a necessary element for the mirror trick to work.
As time passes, the spirit grows stronger and more dangerous, and it’s up to Cassidy and Jacob to stop it before someone ends up getting killed.
This was a super creepy story with a delightful, pervasive sense of menace that lingers over the story. It’s a story with tons of suspense, gobs of creepiness, and tension galore. It was also quite eerie — how could it not, given that it literally takes place in a tunnel of bones.
The characters of Cassidy and Jacob continued to grow on me with this second book, and I love watching them work as a team to fit together the pieces of the mystery and fix what’s going on around them, in this case, a super angry ghost.
The story has an excellent atmosphere, and at times, I felt like I was walking right along with them in the twisty underground boneyard. The author succeeded here in giving us another suspenseful Cassidy Blake story with just the right amount of creepiness and adventure. As a plus, we got to learn quite a bit more about Jacob in this book, which renders him all the more endearing.
All in all, Tunnel of Bones is a fun, spooky middle-grade paranormal fantasy that had the perfect amount of creep factor and mystery. I loved the fact that the story takes place in Paris because I lived there for a while, so that was an extra plus for me having one of my favorite cities as a backdrop.
I don’t read a lot of middle-grade, but the author has really me hooked with this series. I can’t wait for the next installment.