Epeolatry Book Review: Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes


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Title: Ghost Station
Author:  S.A. Barnes
Genre: Space Horror
Publisher: Tor Nightfire,
Release Date: 9th April, 2024

Synopsis: Psychologist Dr. Ophelia Bray has dedicated her life to the study and prevention of Eckhart-Reiser syndrome (ERS)—the most famous case of which resulted in the brutal murders of twenty-nine people. It’s personal to her, and when she’s assigned to a small exploration crew who recently suffered the tragic death of a colleague, she wants to help. But as they begin to establish residency on an abandoned planet, it becomes clear that the crew is hiding something.

Dr. Ophelia Bray is distant and professional on the surface. Underneath, she is full of shame and horror of her past and present. She pushes her way into an exploration crew full of their own secrets. The slow build-up consists of eerie circumstances that are explained later, glimpses of Ophelia’s childhood and the consequences of her name, and the instability of the crew. 

Ghost Station starts off a slow burn/cards close to the chest, but midway through becomes a race to the end. The characterization is strongly built in the first half and fully fleshed in time. Everyone has secrets, drama builds, and then the exposure and conflict keep coming until the last page. 

I recommend this book because I found it enthralling and unputdownable. It’s not as gripping as her first book, Dead Silence, but it shows a sure hand and maturity. I like S.A Barnes and look forward to reading more by her.


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