Tunnel of Bones by V. E. Schwab
Published: 5 September 2019
Format: Paperback, 287 pages
Synopsis: Cass and Jacob are in Paris but there’s no rest for them. There are many sites to see but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Not when Cass can see ghosts, and accidentally catches the attention of a very strong one. Now the ghost-busting duo must find a way to keep everyone safe but it proves more difficult than they first thought.
Paris sounds haunting. I’ve been only once and at a time in my life that I didn’t know how to appreciate the experience given to me but after reading this story, you bet that it’s now on the priority list of holiday destinations. Despite that I’ve not truly been to this city, Schwab’s voice came through clear and I was able to imagine the scenes with clarity.
This time around I didn’t feel much towards Cass, and I found Jacob to be the more entertaining of the duo. Not only were his sarcastic remarks and funny comments part of his appeal, it was also his internal struggle and eventual honesty that captured me. Their friendship becomes stronger with each obstacle they face and it will be interesting to see how they navigate other issues which are also getting stronger.
The plot was a lot scarier than I was expecting but it still stayed within the bounds of its audiences age which shows the incredible talent of this author – how she’s able to top the previous book but stay within the limits is commendable. Tunnel of Bones might have worked well as a standalone however I liked that it didn’t forget its roots (City of Ghosts) and it stayed in constant contact with events and characters that proceeded it. This kept the ‘journey’ aspect and rounded out the entire story, made it fuller.
“What you can’t see is always scarier than what you can. Your eyes play tricks on you, filling in the shadows, making shapes.”
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