Disclaimer: Please note that this is a spoiler-free review of Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake Book #2) although I can’t guarantee that I’ve avoided spoilers from City of Ghosts. If you would like to read my review of the first book of this series, click here!
Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.
She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.
When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.
And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.
The plot kicked up a notch in this book as Cass became more familiar with her ghost-hunting duty. This time the family traveled to Paris, France, where strange phenomena began to happen – traffic accidents started happening, furniture collapsed on their own… and Cass had reason to believe that this was all caused by one angry and powerful ghost.
I loved that there was movement in some of the more subtle and long-standing plot lines as well, which really made me curious and excited about the next book in the series (coming up in September!)
Cassidy and Jacob’s friendship is goals. They have a long list of friendship rules that they stick to, such as “friends don’t like to each other” and “friends don’t leave each other in the veil alone.” They stick by each other through thick and thin… although it doesn’t mean that they don’t keep secrets from one another. It’s hard for Cass to keep things from Jacob (because Jacob can literally read her mind) but Jacob hides a lot from Cass, like what happened in his past and what he sees in the mirror.
I loved watching Cass and Jacob’s friendship evolve in this book. We find out a bit more about Jacob’s mysteries later on in the book. It’s definitely worth the wait!
I was glad to see Lara (Cass’s friend from Edinburg) return in this book as Cass’s online consultant. The banter between Cass, Lara and Jacob was gold!! Cass’s parents were their usual caring, fun, albeit clueless selves.
Really loved the writing in this book (it’s Victoria Schwab after all!!)
My one little complaint is still the worldbuilding, as with the first book. I’m still a bit confused about how some of the mechanics work in this novel– I got a bit hung up on the details. If you rolled around in the dirt in the veil, why do you get your clothes dirty? If you go into the veil, where does your physical body go? Then again it might just be the ghost/paranormal genre in general.
Tunnel of Bones was a thrilling sequel to the first book of the Cassidy Blake series, full of suspense and featured the cutest friendship. I can’t work for book 3!