His and Her Review: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

Ghost Story (Dresden Files Series #13) by Jim Butcher: Book CoverDetails: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

            • Pub. Date: July 2011
            • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
            • Format: Hardcover , 496pp
            • Sales Rank: 10
            • Series: Dresden Files Series #13

Ghost Story Synopsis:


The eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series.

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…

David’s Take:

Harry Dresden is dead. D-e-a-d, dead.  But he still has work to do.  Given the choice between going on to What Comes Next, or going back to save his friends and solve his own murder, Harry decides that his friends are more important that finding out if he’s going to heaven or hell.  Harry returns to Chicago as a ghost, able to walk through walls and teleport, but is only able to interact with the few people sensitive to ghosts. Oh, and he has no magic.  Nevertheless, he plunges headfirst into action.

This is the thirteenth book in the Dresden Files and Butcher’s storytelling gets better with each new novel.  In between action sequences are some very touching introspective scenes, where Harry examines his past actions.  He knows he crossed a line to save his daughter and feels he would do so again. Now he is forced to look at how his decisions have affected those close to him, particularly his apprentice, Molly.

After the ending in Changes, my wife and I had several theories about what would happen next, and why Butcher would kill off Dresden.  One of my theories was close, but not quite the way I expected events to unfold.  I thought this book was a great read and couldn’t stop turning pages.  Reading this book made me want to go back and read the whole series over again.  Butcher continues to grow and develop both his characters and the overall story.  Those new to the series will have to start reading one of the earlier novels to avoid confusion, but those familiar with Harry Dresden, professional wizard, won’t be disappointed in Ghost Story.

Lisa’s Take:

This books requires very little introduction.  At the end of Changes, we find Harry dead and everyone a little lost as to what they need to do.  Harry comes to and is given the choice that he can either solve his own murder or can head on to Whatever Come Next.  In totally Harry style he jumps right to helping his friends and solving his own murder.  He quickly realizes that he is missing some pretty important things.  He can’t communicate with anyone other than a ghost or someone super sensitive.  And worse yet he does not have any magic.  This is probably the biggest challenge but really the question is will he be able to figure it all out in time because things are getting worse by the minute.

Being that this is the thirteenth book the series, it is important at this point that you have read the entire series if you wish to take this book on.  The writing is outstanding and gets better with each book.  It was worth the way of delayed deadlines.  And even though Jim Butcher says that Changes was not left in a cliffhanger it so was!  The additional of many scenes that place Harry in a point of evaluating and understanding that he really crossed some huge lines is what makes this book stronger for me that the previous books.  Harry is really forced to take a good hard look at how he effects those in his life (or death) everyone from his apprentice, Molly, to his daughter.

This was a really page turner, lucky for my husband I was in the middle of another book when this came so he got it first.  Another huge strong point in Jim Butcher’s writing is his amazing ability to bring current and pop culture into his books.  Sometimes in the form of direct quotes from other books, movies, and television shows and other times just mentions of things.  It makes the book relevant and current.  I have not seen anyone else that has this ability down this well.

I had a lot of time to think about what I thought might happen next in this series.  I have to admit that my husband was pretty darn close.  You will have to check out the series and see just how Harry solves the mystery of his own death.

Our Rating:

Loved this book – it was worth the wait and we can’t wait for more!

Other Books In This Series:

Storm Front (#1)

Fool Moon (#2)

Grave Peril (#3)

Summer Knight (#4)

Death Masks (#5)

Blood Rites (#6)

Dead Beat (#7)

Proven Guilty (#8)

White Night (#9)

Small Favor (#10)

Turn Coat (#11)

Changes (#12)

Side Jobs ( a collection of short stories) – My Review


* Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Ghost Story.  All opinions above are our own and not affected at all by the review copy of the book.