Review: Ghostland by Duncan Ralston

People are dying to get in. The exhibits will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the world – Ghostland! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today – it’s the hauntedest place on earth!

After a near-death experience caused by the park’s star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won’t let her live life to the fullest. She’s come at the behest of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech’s psychological effect on the user.But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare.With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape… or become Ghostland’s newest exhibits.

Ghostland by Duncan Ralston. Book #1 in the Ghostland Trilogy. Narrated by Joe Hempel. Published by Tantor Audio, March 2020. Runtime of 10 hours and 3 mins.

I enjoyed the premise so much! A full on haunted amusement park?! Hell yes! Ghostland is like if the horror movie re-make of 13 Ghosts had a baby with Disneyland! I would totally go to that theme park. Absolutely love that idea.

This book had me hooked from the start. What a curious start, too. All the different ghosts were unique and entertaining. It was so entertaining, in fact, that I wanted to see much more of the theme park ghosts. There were parts of the park we didn’t even get to explore at all! I kept wanting the main characters to have to go to every location. It was just such a cool spot, I wanted to see so much more of it.

While I really enjoyed the story, it felt like the ending was a little muddled, maybe? Once they got to the final house, it was just a little confusing with the holograms and left me feeling like I had missed something. The final show down felt abrupt. Just not very many details to explain the hows or whys, you know? Not a horrible end at all, it just felt like something was missing.

This is a fun story. I loved the absolute carnage that takes place. INSANE amounts of it. This book was gorier then I thought it would be. Ghostland also has a super quick pace. Before you know it, you are drenched in blood from head to toe and you are at the end of the book. I did keep wanting more though, and I didn’t want it in a book 2. I wanted it here. Book 1 was probably just supposed to set up the trilogy, and maybe that was my problem with it? I just wanted more.


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