Review: The Ghost Prison

Title: The Ghost Prison
Author: Joseph Delaney
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: October 1, 2013
Ebook, ARC
ISBN: 978-1-4022-9318-4
Genre: Mystery
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
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...

My thoughts:
Billy Calder is just but fifteen years old. He's about to start his first day at his new job. A night guard at the prison. This isn't just any prison. Rumor has it it's full of ghost. His superior officer told him that he got the night watch because he was specifically requested by one of the ghosts. And they don't ask why, they just do what the ghosts want. The ghosts that live in this prison aren't like Casper. They are much darker and sinister. The guards have tales that would chill you to the bone.

Billy isn't scared though. Although he is cautious. When the guard tells him never to enter the locked door that leads to the Witch Well, Billy takes him seriously. However one night leaves him no choice but to enter. That night changes Billy's life forever.

This is a good story, although a little dark for younger children. The age recommendation is 12 and up. I think that would be a good assessment. This is a short ghost story at about 112 pages. It's not too short, but I would have liked it to be a little longer. This book is also illustrated by Scott M. Fisher. He does a great job with creating a spooky ambiance. This book will probably become a classic tale to read while sitting around the camp fire. Delaney does a fantastic job with the story line, especially the descriptions. I think this would be a great spooky story for kids that like a good scare.

My rating: