The Library of the Dead by T L Huchu

I have to admit, the cover of this book attracted me right away. The premise completely won me over! Let’s dive right in to see how it turned out…

Thank you Tor Books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: When a child goes missing in Edinburgh’s darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She’ll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted? Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children–leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world. She’ll dice with death (not part of her life plan…), discovering an occult library and a taste for hidden magic. She’ll also experience dark times. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets, and Ropa’s gonna hunt them all down.

I freaking love it! Advertised as The Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things and it’s totally on point. Ropa would be a PERFECT fit to the Stranger Things gang. She takes no heat from nobody – she’s as tough as they come and I loved her character so much! I absolutely loved the dystopian gothic vibes throughout. This is a series opener and I cannot wait for the next installment!

5/5 Stars

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