Today I am ecstatic to bring you a review of The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson, publishing tomorrow, July 9, 2019, via Penguin Books! Please make sure to check out my Instagram giveaway!
The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a slim novel filled to brim with the most nostalgic, relatable story of coming-of-age. Set during the 80s, this made the story an even better match for me.
Niagara Falls is magical, slightly dark, and a bit haunted; this is where Jake Baker grows up, mostly with his uncle Calvin. His eccentric uncle is a conspiracy theorist.
Jake is turning twelve during this particular summer, and he decides to initiate himself and two friends into the “Saturday Night Ghost Club.”
I don’t want to give away any of the charm of this most memorable book. You will love Jake and his friends. You will love the story of their summer spent finding themselves. The messages are poignant, and the writing silky smooth.
It’s been compared to Stand By Me, and I completely get it. It reminds me a touch of that, but in an even more relatable way. I strongly recommend this solid, heart-rending novel for anyone who yearns for perfect storytelling.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
A short, irresistible, and bittersweet coming-of-age story in the vein of “Stranger Things” and “Stand by Me” about a group of misfit kids who spend an unforgettable summer investigating local ghost stories and urban legends.
Growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls–a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place–Jake Baker spends most of his time with his uncle Calvin, a kind but eccentric enthusiast of occult artifacts and conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turns twelve, he befriends a pair of siblings new to town, and so Calvin decides to initiate them all into the “Saturday Night Ghost Club.” But as the summer goes on, what begins as a seemingly lighthearted project may ultimately uncover more than any of its members had imagined. With the alternating warmth and sadness of the best coming-of-age stories, The Saturday Night Ghost Club examines the haunting mutability of memory and storytelling, as well as the experiences that form the people we become.
Have you read The Saturday Night Ghost Club, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR