Book Review: 13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt

September 24, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: 13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt
Published by Orchard Books on 2nd July 2015
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 224
When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father's ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they're more than happy to take his son. It isn't fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead.

Halloween, the night when the ghosts reach the height of their power, is fast approaching. With the help of school witchlet Elza Moss, and his cowardly dog Ham, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic, and send the unquiet spirits to their eternal rest. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about.

I requested 13 Days of Midnight on a total whim. Something about the book made me drag my cursor over to the request button, and then I promptly forgot about it, which worried me slightly. Until I started reading it.

This is the first book to succeed in totally creeping me out as I was reading it. Leo Hunt managed to suck me into this book so much, that even the slightest creak in the clinic room or whir from my laptop was making me jump. It’s a very dark book, far darker than I expected, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to people who aren’t fans of paranormal books!

I loved how Hunt balanced Luke’s desire to fit in with the pressing need for Luke to banish his Host that he unwillingly inherited from his father. There’s a lot of ‘normal’ goings on to counteract the abnormal, which I loved. It made it all the more believable! I loved Elza, she made a refreshing change to the normal love interests of 16-year-old boys. Plus I loved how she took charge of the situation as she knew what she was talking about. And she was so determined! She definitely wasn’t one to just sit about and wait to be attacked. I love how she interacted with Luke, and was gracious enough to apologise when she was wrong.

13 Days of Midnight will be a perfect Halloween read for people who aren’t afraid of things that go ‘bump’ in the night! Am I brave enough to read it alone in the dark? No. But that certainly won’t stop me from recommending this excellent UKYA ghost story to everyone as soon as October comes around!