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Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy: Book 3 (Lockwood & Co., 3)

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The intense rivalry between the ghost agencies is developed more in this third book, as is the world, building, and breadth of the plot. I’ve picked out two excerpts that made me chortle: Lucy and the Skull have one of their nice chats… Description of Quill Kipps from the Fittes agency. The Chelsea outbreak spreads farther and becomes very dangerous, but Lockwood’s agency is still not asked to help. I struggled to get through some parts just because of how completely unfair things had become and how miserable I felt reading about them.

i don't love the "lucy doesn't get along with other girls" vibes (holly seems like a lovely person, lucy, chill) but the ending still gives me all the feels. More on the competition: That last big conversation Lucy and Holly have, where Stroud tries to show Holly's side and to paint her behavior as rational, does real disservice to the portrayal of Lucy's insight.

It's possible this is character bias because the story is from Lucy's perspective, but it's also possible I don't care. I loved the additional Lockwood agent element to the tale but be warned – the new girl can be very unlikeable. He allow this series to remain middle grade (no gore) but still be creepy enough to make you think twice about turning the light off. Well, that's if they can put aside their personal differences for long enough to march into action with their rapiers, salt and iron .

In daylight, you were an unwelcome intrusion into everyday life, a symbol of the very chaos that you kept at bay. We are introduced to more types of Type Two ghosts in The Hollow Boy, a couple super creepy presences (ick to all the spiders! The son of the wealthy owner at the time had gone crazy, stabbed a servant, and chased the injured boy up the stairs, from which he had fallen to his death. The elderly business owners don’t want to allow them in the house, but Lockwood charms them into opening their doors.There are some great action sequences (including a haunted house with a giant open stairwell that extends from the basement all the way to the attic, and a high-stakes chase scene at a parade - this series is just begging for a film adaptation, and I think it could also make a decent TV series), the ghosts and hauntings remain genuinely scary, and the dialogue is still clever and snarky as hell. But when the team is fractured because of two women who just can't get along, and who see each other as competition. In The Hollow Boy we get all the ghost chasing fun we've had in the previous two books, but with a little darker tone.

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