If you have not read the first two books in the Skeleton Creek series and have every intention of reading them, do not read any further. This review will contain spoilers. Also, if you missed my review of the second book in the series, Ghost in the Machine, check it out here.
To be honest, I was a bit surprised to find that there was going to be a third book in the series. The end of Ghost in the Machine brought resolution to the mysteries that main characters and best friends Ryan and Sarah had been investigating. I would have been satisfied just reading the first two books. However, I didn’t stop there and I am happy that I proceeded in reading The Crossbones.
The Crossbones brings a whole different light to the friendship of Ryan and Sarah and the mysteries of Skeleton Creek, as Sarah and her family move across the country and she is forced to travel the country in search of answers to who exactly The Crossbones are. Ryan’s dad uses the money they gained discovering gold in the “haunted” dredge to open a fly fishing shop, of which Ryan is forced to help run. So, once again, Ryan finds himself stuck at home while Sarah gets to seek adventure (and danger) following the clues left behind in the dredge.
While the characters of Ryan and Sarah were written well in the first two books, we find them developing even more in this third book. As they are forced to separate, we begin to see them as individuals, Sarah pursuing a film career and Ryan’s love for fly fishing. But the best part of the story, their solid friendship, remains throughout this book, making me a very happy reader.
Also something to be noted is how the videos change in this volume. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the series, author Patrick Carman and Co. have turned the series into a multimedia interaction, scattering website links and passwords that send the reader to videos created by Sarah, all of which are vital to understanding the storyline and mystery of The Crossbones. While the lack of Sarahs face in the videos was a disappointment, the change follows her character well, as she is trying to develop her filming abilities more now.
To be honest, I wasn’t as creeped out with this story as I was with the first two. If you are looking for a lot more danger and scariness, you might be a bit disappointed. If you are looking for mystery, however; this is the book for you. One of the great aspects of this series is being able to follow along as Ryan and Sarah solve the mysteries that abound in Skeleton Creek.
Thanks to author Patrick Carman for the complimentary signed copy of The Crossbones!
The Crossbones (Skeleton Creek #3)
by Patrick Carman
Published by Scholastic