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Ghost removal specialist Ellie Jordan must face a dangerous, shape-shifting entity that she and Calvin have encountered once before, with tragic results. The spirit has the power to reach into the minds of living and feed on their fears, taking the shape of their worst nightmares, and it has awoken in search of new victims. Now Ellie must try to succeed where she and her mGhost removal specialist Ellie Jordan must face a dangerous, shape-shifting entity that she and Calvin have encountered once before, with tragic results. The spirit has the power to reach into the minds of living and feed on their fears, taking the shape of their worst nightmares, and it has awoken in search of new victims. Now Ellie must try to succeed where she and her mentor failed before, and try to defeat the twisted and powerful old ghost before it can claim another soul for its collection....

Title : The Crawling Darkness
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ISBN : 23455114
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Number of Pages : 222 Pages
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The Crawling Darkness Reviews

  • Berit☀️✨
    2019-04-13 07:26

    4.25 spooky stars from me and my 14-year-old son the reluctant reader...This is the third book in the series that my 14-year-old son the reluctant reader and I have read/listen to.... according to him this book had quite a few similarities with the book/movieIT... The ghost in this book lingered in the closet and manifested it’s self in the form of your worst fear.... this led to a discussion with my son about what his biggest fear would be in ghost form, quite the interesting conversation...Ellie and Stacey are really a great ghostbusting partnership, I love the interactions between them.... I enjoyed the backstory as to why this particular ghost was hunting this neighborhood, and there was a bit of a twist at the end...Although I am really enjoying the experience of listening to these books with my son, I’m pretty certain I would not be reading this series if it was just me... and really I’d be missing out, because these are very well written ghost stories with really quite interesting characters... we have already started the next book in the series! narration: once again fabulous narration definitely adding that creepy atmosphere to the book💕

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2019-03-29 04:31

    I already really liked this series when I started Crawling Darkness but this new installment ramped everything up. It was scarier, creepier, more dangerous, and honestly, just down right fun. I completely adore this series now and I can't wait to read more.Once again Ellie is stuck in a bad situation, where the ghosts keep getting nastier except this time, this ghost is about as nasty as they come and one she has encountered before and that encounter, wasn't pretty. We meet some new faces and get to know the old ones even more. Learning Stacey and Calvin's stories, and even more about Jacob, was so much fun even if those stories were sad heartbreaking ones.I love this team and the chemistry they all have is amazing. Once again this is a story you do not want to read in the dark or maybe not even alone during the day. It brought chill bumps to my eyes and more than once had me looking around at things I thought I saw move from the corner of my eye. To say this brought out the slightly paranoid side of me, might be an understatement. Bryan wows us with his words and elegant but scary as all heck writing and immerses us in Ellie's world full of all things that go bump in the night. And before we know it, we are trapped there and don't ever want to escape. Another fabulous creepy installment in the Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper series.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-03-24 05:40

    3.5These books are getting better and better. Considering the title of the series I don't need to tell you what's this one about. Ellie and her assistant have a new case. What makes it different is the entity they are trying to remove. The first thing she realises is that the haunted house is right next to the one she and her boss Calvin tried to clear and failed leaving Calvin in a wheelchair. So, this case comes with a lot of baggage in more ways than one. They will have to dig through the past of that particular neighbourhood. Some of the things they uncover are truly disturbing.The client is a young widow with two kids. They made me care even more. The fearfeeder makes you face your greatest fear and it seems there is nobody better to terrorize and feed on than kids. Ellie's love live is slowly improving but I am glad that didn't get too much space. If I'm lucky, it will stay in the background.Now, as for nitpicks - I would appreciate if someone could explain how is this possible: 'little grin playing around the corners of his mouth'. This happens more than once. And there are things like this: '...[she] rose up on her toes and turned his blank face toward him.' Him being the same person makes this really confusing.Overall, I really like this series.

  • Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
    2019-04-01 07:34

    Stacy and Ellie are back, but this time they are square off against a ghost that Ellie and Calvin have faced and failed to capture in the past. The ghost is dangerous, it feeds off people's biggest fears and it seems to pry on the weakest the most, like children. Worse is the fact that it disappeared on the night that Calvin and Ellie had tried to capture him, hurt Calvin and is now years later moved into a new home.Ellie must find a way to stop the ghost and get rid of it for good. It won't be easy since years of darkness had turned the ghost into something dark, creepy and unidentifiable with the person this creature once was.I enjoyed this, it was extremely creepy, but well done. This one really brought chills up my spine, and made the darkness of the night even more scary. In its essence, this was the story of a boogeyman and the history was not only interesting but disturbing. There is a lot more evil in the house than Ellie had originally bargained for and it does seem like the case is not yet closed.We also get to meet Michael in this book, who becomes a sort of love interest of Ellie. I am very excited about the potential here and I loved the connection the two shared. I am looking forward for him appearing in other books, his hobby of restoring old clocks is fascinating.I've been reading a lot of ghost stories lately with it being October and so close to Halloween. I'll try to slow down and do something different for you guys but these books that I have been picking up are just amazing in writing and the authors have a real way of just sucking you right into that world.This review was originally posted on Night Owl Book Cafe

  • Heidi
    2019-03-26 02:18

    Four Stars: A scary, addictive series with plenty of things that go bump in the night. Ellie and Stacey scrutinize the large house with gingerbread lattice in front of them. There is something sinister about this house even from the sidewalk. Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, is on another call. This time she finds an old mansion that seems to be haunted by the boogeyman. The children in the house are seeing monsters in their closets. Ellie and Stacey with the help of Jacob, the psychic, soon learn that the evil hiding in the house is far more sinister than they had imagined, and they are soon battling the thing that hides in the closet. Will Ellie and Stacey survive another ghost hunting adventure?What I Liked:*The Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper Series is quickly becoming a fun little addiction. I am loving that these books are releasing rapid fire, and that I am not having to wait long in between. Plus, I am totally liking these creepy little tales. If you want quick reads that are dangerous, scary and thrilling, I highly recommend you check out this series.*The Crawling Darkness is my favorite book in the series to date. This installment takes on the monsters in the closet. Let's face it, how many of us are a little unsettled by an open closet door at night? I know that I have never slept with my closet door open, I even make sure my kids' closets are shut at night. This book is all about those childhood fears of dark places that haunt us even as adults, except this time, the monster in the closet turns out to be real. I love how Mr. Bryan utilized the boogeyman and the monster in the closet. I won't tell you more about what the ghost does as I don't want to spoil it. Read it for yourself. *I keep mentioning this, but one of my favorite aspects of this series is that Mr. Bryan tries to make it as authentic as possible. He draws upon science and procedures that real life ghost hunters utilize when they hunt ghosts. I love reading about the reasoning behind why a ghost hunter does something and all the gadgets that they use to trap the ghosts. *I also love that with every installment, the trappers track down the history of the haunting in order to try and find out who is behind the haunting and why. This time around there is a sinister ghost and a tragic history behind the haunting. Very scary. *There are some big twists and turns at the end, especially when it comes to the ghost. I loved all the surprises. I liked that we are getting more depth to the characters. In this book, I learned more about Calvin and his injury. Stacey reveals why she is a ghost hunter, and her story is tragic and scary. Finally, there are some developments in the romance department for both girls. I am loving the character development, and I am eager for more romance. *Even though this is a series, you don't have to read them in order, all though it is beneficial if you do. Each book is a complete story as it recounts the events of a particular haunting. I love that I get a full story with each and every book, and that I am not left with jarring cliffhangers and a bunch of unanswered questions. Keep them coming Mr. Bryan!And The Not So Much:*The ending was a bit rushed for me, especially when it came to the final portion with the ex priest and the exorcism. I was expecting a bit more with the dark vortex, and I certainly was expecting a bit more of an uproar during the exorcism. *I am still wanting more with Jacob. To me, he is the most fascinating character and his on scene time has been limited in each book. More Jacob, please.*I wanted more information on the whole dark vortex or psychic vortex. *One bit of advice, unless you have nerves of steel, I would not recommend reading this late at night before bed and then sleeping alone in a room with an open closet, just saying. The Crawling Darkness is my favorite installment to date of the Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Series. I am addicted to these thrilling, fast paced, adrenaline fueled ghostly reads. Each and every book delivers another creepy ghost tale that will keep you flipping the pages until the end. I love that I can pick up one of these and get a complete story that can be read in one sitting. I am eager for the next book. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Posted@Rainy Day Ramblings.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-15 05:39

    Before I start this review, there are a few things I need to get off my chest. (a) I'm kinda in love with ghost stories. Especially well written ones with plenty of backstory. (b) J.L. Bryan's books tend to hit the spot with me. They're twisty and just the right amount of gruesome. His brain. I like it.Frankly, this book just worked for me.Once again, Ellie and Stacey are facing off against something dark and malevolent. With what happened to Ellie and Calvin the first time they butted heads with this entity, there's an added level of tension. Not to mention the whole thing where children are at risk. I mean, that sucks no matter what sort of creature they're up against. Plus, I loooooove (not a sarcastic love, in case someone's reading it that way, but a long, drawn-out love that comes from the depths of my being) how the team has to piece together what happened years ago to understand what they're up against in the here and now.Creepy things become even creepier when they have backstory.There are hints of romance (you go, Ellie!), some rather unpleasant secondary characters, and a slew of bad things the team encounter inside the house.As always, it was a highly enjoyable romp through a dangerous investigation!-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

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    2019-04-13 03:18


  • Laura Thomas
    2019-04-02 06:38

    I’m not sure why I didn’t notice it before, but checking out the titles to the books in this series, I noticed how cleverly they revealed hints about what’s waiting in the haunted pages inside.There’s something nasty haunting the apartment house. One that Ellie and her boss, Calvin, have come up against before, and lost.I’ve always been curious about how Calvin ended up in a wheelchair. I knew it had something to do with trapping ghosts and being attacked. The house they are investigating abuts another property. One with an abandoned, boarded up house. It just so happens, that’s where the attack occurred. Could this be the same entity? Could it have just moved to the next inhabited house? And is it appearing at the other houses that connect to the property?Whatever it is, it seems to be drawn to the children. Feeds off of their fear. And if you get in its way, the consequences are very bad.The creeping darkness reminded of the thing in the movie Babadook. You don’t see it clearly. It hides in the shadows, sneaking around, crawling on ceilings and along banisters. Slipping under doors and vanishing. How do you fight something like that?Something fun is happening in this series too. Stacey and Jacob, the psychic they use in some of their cases, are dating. And one of the residents in the haunted apartments happens to be a hunky fireman, and he’s single. Could this be the end of Ellie’s sadly lacking love life? We’ll see.I’ve got to hand it to the author. It takes a lot to give me the creeps, and the entities he’s thrown at me in this series have me rethinking ever stepping foot in anything with even a remote possibility of being haunted. Scary good it is. And I can’t imagine what he’ll spook me with next.I received a copy for my honest review.

  • Sandra Lopez
    2019-03-29 06:14

    Another haunting tale that could have something to do with one of Ellie Jordan’s unfinished cases. In fact, the house is right next door to it! Ellie fears that monster that she was looking for back then has returned.What’s scarier than monsters in the closet? A shadowy entity that takes the shape of your worst fears. It’s almost a spidery figure—the Crawling Darkness. Ewe! Yuck! And freaky! It’s a search for the Boogeyman in this chilling tale. It’s a spirit that feeds on your fears, especially the children’s. Ellie and the gang must face their fears in this ghostly mystery, which actually has a spiritual protector. This is your nightmares come true. This is another great ghost trapper story. A worthy read!

  • Ashley Ehlers
    2019-04-13 10:24

    Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters-*Thank you to J.L Bryan for the chance to review this. This in no way effected my opinion on it.*First off- Oh my gosh, finally! I'm so happy, this is exactly what I've been waiting for! Ellie has grown so much from the first one and I'm so happy to see her starting to let her guard down! I'm so excited to see where things go in the next one, especially with Michael! ;)I absolutely love how the beginning scene starts, with some girl talk. It's such a fresh air in this series and shows how much closer Ellie has gotten to Stacey, her partner in ghost trapping. Plus, Stacey is really the comedy relief in this series and I just love her to pieces, I'm so happy Ellie has allowed her into her life! I'm so in love with these characters and this series! These books are combined with laugh out loud moments, seriousness, action, and even some heartbreaking moments when loved ones get to say goodbye to family members that have passed. And, don't forget about creepiness either! Mr. Bryan sure knows how to bring the goose bumps out along my arms, even beneath my sweaters. Gosh, I just love this book! It has everything I've been looking for, I was completely immersed! I didn't want to leave this world, I'm dying to read the next one!In The Crawling Darkness, the group runs into a past haunting they weren't able to capture. This is where we get to learn more about how Calvin became paralyzed. My oh my, the chills running up my spine was constantly going on with this haunting. It's got to be the creepiest out of all the books so far! And I honestly didn't expect who the real ghost was making the trouble for them. So many twist and turns, I loved it!Overall, I think this has to be the best one out of the series so far! And I think it's because Ellie is finally opening up and letting people in. In this one, she learns a life lesson and it brought such a warm feeling to my heart! Sigh, I don't think I can gush enough how much I truly enjoyed this one! I'm excited to see how Mr. Bryan is going to top this one! Oh, I'm sure he can now that Ellie has a love interest. Throughout the book, I was picturing Dan from Charmed as Michael and I think the main reason why is because I've been rewatching that series haha. But also, now I see they have a lot of the same features, so I think I was picturing someone that's perfect for the part of Michael.

  • Shirley
    2019-03-31 05:26

    I received The Crawling Darkness in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’ve said it before, but honestly, this series gets better with each installment. The characters are developing as more of their past is revealed. The cases are becoming just a little bit more involved as well as intense. Then there’s the titles… The Crawling Darkness? You have no idea how aptly titled this book really is. o_OAs if scaring the pants off of readers isn’t bad enough, J.L. Bryan decided to take us on an emotional roller coaster in The Crawling Darkness. Just when I thought I knew enough from a character’s past, another one would find a way to break my heart for them. *sigh*Ellie grew a lot stronger and seemed to work a lot ‘smarter’ in The Crawling Darkness. She also gained some valuable insight about members of her team that she didn’t expect. Then there’s a certain fire fighter that I’m hoping has a recurring role in Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, but that’s all I’m saying. ;) As happy as I was for her, I was kind of sad too. Things may be changing for Ellie more than she wants or thinks she’s ready for.The Crawling Darkness is scheduled to release on February 5. Terminal is the 4th book in the series and it’s due to be released some time in May. Which means you have plenty of time to get your read on and catch up. As an extra incentive, J.L. Bryan has generously allowed me to give away one copy of the first book in the series, Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper. All you have to do is mention one thing that scares you in the comments. That’s it, just one thing. Since my birthday is January 30th and it’s also a Friday, that’s when I’ll pick and announce the winner. Have fun and good luck!

  • Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
    2019-04-04 05:14

    Bryan did a fabulous job once again, weaving together a tale so sinister you may want to think twice before reading it at night. I made this mistake with each of the books. Just pages into each one and you are royally creeped out. This one was my favorite of the three. More creepier and darker than the previous two, in my opinion, it captured my attention from the start. I think it was so scary because it plays on nearly every child’s fear from childhood: the boogeyman. I know I was on edge throughout the book. And I absolutely loved that about it. This series is one of my most absolute favorites ever. One reason I love this series so much is because of the characters. Not just the main character, but the secondary ones as well. And we even get a bit of back history with them. Which in turn had me connecting with them even more. Bryan does such an amazing job giving us all characters we actually want to read about and care about. And I cannot forget to mention the romance! It is about time. I must say, even though I LOVE a good romance, this story could definitely hold its own without it. But you won't find me complaining. I look forward to seeing where this new relationship goes with the next book. Speaking of the next cannot get here soon enough. But in the meantime...pick up THE CRAWLING DARKNESS and get ready for a fantastic read. Haven't started the series? What are you waiting for?? Don't forget to check under the bed before you start them! 5 Ghoulish Stars!

  • Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
    2019-04-19 09:17

    Oh my god, freaking J. L. Bryan! This story scared the crap out of me and for good reason! Surely, I can’t be the only 35-year-old woman who’s mind still plays tricks on her? Especially when reading a scary book?This story is pretty much about a boogeyman, a fear feeder who lurks in the closet. People see this ghost peeking through a crack in their closet, or sometimes standing over their bed. It comes in the form of what you are truly scared of, but really, I think the idea of a ghost staring out at you from your closet is scary enough!Naturally, I read this story in bed, with my position in clear view of both closets in our room, which are both on the way to the bathroom. I always have to get up in the night to use the bathroom, so I was just a little terrified. Same thing as when I was nursing the baby in her room, in the dark – I was still thinking about this damn story and the ghost lurking in the closet, feeding the baby while keeping a close eye on the closet door.Now, I love a good ghost story, but these are great ghost stories. They seriously mess with your head! And I think it’s great that we not only get ghosts, but also the friendship forming between Ellie and Stacey, some romance (!!!), and great characters. Whenever I finish a book I think I should start reading a different book, continue a different series, and then I just have to continue with this one. It’s just too good not to read!

  • Abbie
    2019-04-05 03:17

    (I received a copy from the author, In exchange for an honest review.)This was another good read in the series.I liked the characters in this one again, and they continued to be strong. They're defiantly braver than me! I felt really sorry for Stacey at one point, as the thing she went through when she was younger must have been terrifying.There was plenty of creepy moments in this one, and i didn't feel bored at all while reading this, which was great. Looking forward to book four!

  • Emily Crow
    2019-04-11 05:25

    This is a fun series, although I thought the first two installments were a bit scarier. Still, there were a couple of interesting surprises towards the end, and if an author just has to cram in some romance (I'd be just as happy without), you can't go wrong with a cute fireman.

  • Savannah (Books With Bite)
    2019-04-09 02:40

    Review coming soon!

  • Teresa
    2019-03-23 07:22

    The Crawling Darkness is book 2 in the Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper Series. I enjoyed this book just as much as I did book one and cannot wait to start on book 3. Ellie Jordan is a Ghost trapper. She is not a Ghost hunter, her life's goal is to catch and rid the world of the bad ghosts. In this book Ellie and her partner Stacey Rae are called into a mansion that has been turned into an apartment building to help a mother Alisha and her Children. Her young daughter is being terrified at night but a hideous man coming out of her closet while her son is being terrified by aliens. This is actually the same ghost the is a Fear Feeder. It takes your worst fears and turns into them so he can feed from the fear. During Ellie's investigation she goes from apartment to apartment to see if anyone else is having problems as well. When they first arrive at the home, Ellie starts to worry as Calvin, her boos, and herself had a case they were unable to solve the butts up to this property. She is convinced this is part of the same haunting. The original case is the reason Calvin is in a wheel chair. So Ellie has a lot to worry about and a really good reason to push hard and solve this case. I am glad they brought the psychic Jacob back as well as giving him and Calvin both a bigger part in the story. I am also hoping Micheal the hot fireman guy stays a part of the series.

  • Christy LoveOfBooks
    2019-04-17 08:25

    I could totally see this series as a television show! We’re taken on another creeptastic journey in The Crawling Darkness, and I enjoyed every moment. There are plenty of thrills and chills to be had.A super dark and nasty entity is harassing a family … or two, and Ellie is called in to investigate. This thing manifests into your biggest fear and is looking for more than just a little scare. It’s an interesting mystery that connects the past and present in a disturbing way.Ellie continues to be a wonderful protagonist. I love how she’s steady and analytical, while Stacey is a cheerful sidekick. Their contrasting personalities can be pretty entertaining at times, but they fit perfectly together. It was nice to get more insight to both of their pasts and what it might mean for the future.Don't miss out, the 1st book is free!

  • Maxine
    2019-04-16 08:34

    This is the third book in this series. I found the first two a little formulaic in their structure, and unfortunately this is similar. The story is very good if read as a stand alone novel, however when regarded as part of the series it falls down , as it is too similar in it's flow and design to the other two. The characters have not developed very much from the first novel and I don't think I'll be reading any more.The twist at the end of the novel is also in a similar vein to the other two books.

  • BingeReader
    2019-04-18 04:24

    I loved the first two books but really struggled with this one. There seemed to be too much repetition of things that were covered in the first two books regarding ghost hunting. The story that Stacey shared just seemed too contrived and timely like it was an after thought to the character and made up for book three. I wasn't into the romance bit either. I skimmed through the middle and read the end and didn't feel like I missed much in this book. Sorry, just not very good read for me.

  • Janis
    2019-04-20 02:41

    A ghost that can be a darkest fear - the boogeyman! He's alive and loose in Savannah and coming after Ellie and her team. Ellie on the other hand has found the perfect cure for her fears - a hard bodied fireman! He keeps her safe and bandages her wounds and he believes in ghosts! Another great read!

  • Angela
    2019-03-28 10:31

    Ellie and Stacy are up against an entity that enjoys feeding on fear. It's already injured their boss in the past, and they couldn't get rid of it. Stacy and Ellie will fight to defend Alica, her children along with the rest of the tenants in the apt house.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-31 09:28

    Made of Fear!Darkness and death lived in the homes. They watched the children and wanted them. Ellie had to face her fear of fire to capture the ghosts. Scary to the end of the book. Ready to read more from the author.

  • Nicola
    2019-04-19 09:21

    Excellent story. I love them.

  • Ali
    2019-03-29 05:39

    If you're looking for a good ghost story - The kind you can't put down but makes you check the closets- then this one's for you!!!

  • Dena
    2019-03-31 07:28


  • Marlene
    2019-04-09 05:27

    Love love this series. Love the characters and love the mystery and love her new romantic interest.

  • Shannie
    2019-04-03 06:25

    Spooky! Kept me up all night lol

  • Maria
    2019-04-14 10:42

    loved it

  • Jnt Manzotti
    2019-04-15 06:43

    Lite and entertaining.