The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney‏

Summary from Goodreads

‘This is the entrance to the Witch Well and behind that door you’d face your worst nightmare. Don’t ever go through there.’

Night falls, the portcullis rises in the moonlight, and young Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can’t be used, whispers and cries in the night… and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But who could it be? What prisoner could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out…

An unforgettable ghost story from the creator of the Wardstone Chronicles (Spook’s Apprentice) series.

Illustrated throughout by the incredible Scott M Fischer, this beautifully produced book will make the perfect Halloween gift.

Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Andersen
My Review
The Ghost Prison is a brilliantly chilling tale that is an absolute must read for fans of Joseph Delaney! If you are new to The Spook’s books then this would also be a great introduction to his amazing work!

The intrigue is on from the very first page and I sat glued from beginning to end. Delaney writes superbly, he sets the perfect scene and his lush descriptors and super chilling moments will have you vividly picturing this tale in your mind….

The storyline follows a little guy called, Billy, who gets a job as a prison guard, but it’s an extraordinary prison, where things go bump in the night!

Billy must learn how to survive his nights and he is warned off going near the Witch Well, where their most dangerous prisoner is held.

Billy will learn the hard way and something very dangerous and very unexpected lurks down those shadowy steps.

This is a very quick novella, but we get to learn so much about this spooky place, even with it’s short page count. Readers will be terrified at each turn but will also be dying to know more!

The Ghost Prison is quite an awesome little page turner that has been brought to life so fabulously with the wonderful little black and white illustrations that fill most pages. Vividly imagined with tons of shivers and goose-bumpy moments throughout – a real must read!

4 / 5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Andersen Press for the review copy*


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