This third instalment in Mr Green’s Ghost Finders series does not disappoint, but fans of The Nightside and Secret Histories beware: whilst the series happens in the same world and timeline it is significantly different than the other two.
Ghost Finders is harder to put your finger on, you’ll never know what you’ll get ‘till the next instalment is ready and published. The first one: Ghost of a Chance was distinctively more gruesome and Horror genre than we’ve come to expect from the author whilst the second one: Ghost of a Smile was far more sci-fi meets horror. With this third part in the on-going series, Ghost of a Dream he has written a novel in the style of classic ghost stories, but without ever being truly scary (and I scare of ghost stories easily, I’m not ashamed to admit it). I personally quite enjoy this incoherence in style but I can imagine that some would find it very annoying.
The main characters: our Carnacki Institute A-list team of ghost finders composed from JC, Melody and the perpetually miserable telepath Happy is of course starring in this tale, and off again to punish the supernatural unruly and lay the restless death well, to rest.
We discover a big more about the big villain of the tale (I won’t say more as I don’t wish to give out spoilers), and I do really wonder where the author is taking this particular meta-plot. I have to admit that it really feels like the quiet before the storm with this novel.
Steampunk fans will eat their heart out: Victorian villains, steam trains, ghosts, steampunk science, mediums and all manner of creepy befitting the genre without being genre in itself, just as we’ve come to expect and love from Mr Green.
I have to admit that it has taken a while for the Ghost Finders series to grow on me, and whilst I still don’t love it quite as much as Secret Histories, and especially The Nightside, I am really enjoying it and I look forward to the next instalment a bit more with every book.
As always, you don’t actually have to read this Simon R. Green series in chronological order, so if you’re just into a good ghost story and nothing else, don’t fear that you won’t be able to follow what’s going on, you could still read this easily.