The Haunting of Peligan City is the second book in the Potkin and Stubbs series by Sophie Green, and I will link my review of the first here. I will try and keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.
Title: The Haunting of Peligan City
Author: Sophie Green
Audience: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
Taken from Goodreads
Peligan City, late November. Three months have passed since Lil and Nedly – Potkin and Stubbs – solved their first case. And now, at last, something new and unusual turns up: strange things are afoot at the doll hospital. But investigation turns up no more than an odd new owner. More important is the mysterious epidemic of deaths at the notorious Fellgate Prison. And when the Klaxon breaks the news that City Hall is hushing up that ghosts are real and are terrorising the city, mass hysteria reigns in Peligan City.
Will Lil and Nedly get to the bottom of the case before any more trouble happens – and will they be the first to the scoop? Time to get to the library for help . . .
I was looking forward to getting back into the world of Potkin and Stubbs because there were so many unanswered questions from the first book. And The Haunting of Peligan City definitely delivered on some of those questions but not all.
Within The Haunting of Peligan City, there is a lot more development into the setting and Peligan City itself. Which added to the atmosphere, as you got a real sense for the abandoned town high street, and how creepy it must feel in the dead of winter. Sophie Green’s writing style also added to the atmosphere, as her descriptions of the ghosts passing by you make you feel as if you have a ghost sitting right next to you, which did slightly creep me out. But it really added to the story and made you feel what the terrified townsfolk feel.
The Haunting of Peligan City also had some necessary character development, as it gave us some more background into Lil Potkin’s mum. I have to admit that I did guess who Lil’s mum was during the first book, but I appreciated the way that it was done, as it was not made easy for either character when the revelation occurred. There were some elements of the characters personalities that I didn’t particularly like, as Lil seemed to be using Nedly rather than taking into account what he wanted. She also moaned quite a bit that Nedly wasn’t doing enough with his ghostly powers. I hope that this is addressed in the third and final book, so children can learn that this is not acceptable behaviour. There also wasn’t as much Abe content in this second book which is something that disappointed me, as I really liked his character in the first book, hopefully there is some more of him in the third book.
I wasn’t particularly drawn in by the plot as it felt a bit like a filler book between the first and third, as it felt like it was just setting up for the ultimate ending of the series. There were elements that I liked, especially getting a greater understanding about the poppets, and how they can be destroyed.
Overall I am looking forward to the final book in the series, Ghostcatcher, and can’t wait to see how the series is going to finish. I feel like there are still a lot of questions to be answered, and hopefully we will get the answers that we need. I would definitely recommend picking up the Potkin and Stubbs series if you love atmospheric books.
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