A Wild Ride
4.5 out of 5 stars
I went into this one pretty blind and doing so I was genuinely shocked at how interesting and… I can’t even find the words to describe the feeling I had. I’d compare it to the heebie-jeebies, I guess. Celso Hurtado is a new author to me, but I’m glad that I was able to give this book a chance because it definitely jumped off of the pages at me.
A combination of horror, YA/coming of age, and a mystery or procedural book – The Ghost Tracks ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of readers. Erasmo was a unique and flawed main character who I absolutely fell in love with as the book progressed. His flaws would come out randomly and either cause issues or end up biting the progress he made in the butt.
I won’t talk too much about the over-arching storyline here because there were a lot of twists and turns. Even a veteran at guessing endings couldn’t have seen some of the twists that Hurtado threw in.
Throughout The Ghost Tracks, I had a feeling of unease – one that mirrored the same feeling that Erasmo seemed to have. I give lots of props to Hurtado for being able to write a main character with enough emotion that I felt it and was mirroring it. That’s not easy to do and definitely stood out to me.
Overall, I thought The Ghost Tracks was an excellent and interesting book. Yes, it’s completely messed up and the things that Erasmo runs into are insane and made me go “wtf” numerous times. But wow was this book a wild ride.
Ivan Jasso does a great job with the narration – I honestly liked Rat’s voice more than any of the other voices he gave the characters. Granted, most of the story is told from Erasmo’s point of view – every chat with Rat was perfect.
A 17-year-old Texan from the wrong side of the tracks starts a supernatural detective agency – this is Fear Street for a diverse America.
Erasmo Cruz is from the wrong side of the tracks. His dad was a junkie who overdosed. His mom chose to run off rather than raise him. His only passion is the supernatural, and his only family is his grandmother, whose aches and pains, he soon learns, aren’t just from old age but from cancer.
Desperate to help his grandmother pay for treatment, Erasmo sets up shop as a paranormal investigator. After witnessing a series of inexplicable events, he must uncover the truth behind his clients’ seemingly impossible claims. From hauntings to exorcisms, Erasmo soon finds that San Antonio is a much scarier place than even he knew.
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