Narrator: Jake Urry
Series: The Ulrich Files #3
Published by Self Published / Indie on 6 April 2017
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Source: Narrator, Submitted
"Ghosts don't simply latch onto places, investigator. People can become haunted, too."
A missing person. A city plunged into unforgiving winter. A dangerous spirit.
Though enjoying an increase in business following his last case, life isn't all roses for private investigator Harlan Ulrich. His newest job, another missing person's case, is unlike any other he's ever taken on.
Local businessman Michael Poole hires Ulrich to find his estranged daughter.
She's been dead for a decade.
Join Ulrich on a trip into the darkness, into the frostbitten underworld, as he seeks out a hateful phantom with only a cat and a thermos of good coffee on his side.
Darkside Blues is the third novel in the Ulrich Files series by Ambrose Ibsen.
©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen
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This book was a classic haunting story that was strong all the way through – the ghost was actually terrifying in both character and gore. I often feel let down in one of those two aspects when I read horror so this gets a round of applause from me!
This book is the third in The Ulrich Files series, I haven’t heard either of the earlier books but this installment works perfectly well as a standalone with only a few references to what may have occurred in the past (and where PI Harlan Ulrich got his oddly charming cat from).
Ulrich is a good main character, he’s suitably freaked out when he discovers a disfigured ghost is following him but he’s empathetic enough a person to stick around to see things through. He’s the perfect stereotype of the moody PI with a troubled past and a heart of gold, I love me a classic and this delivers perfectly.
The ending of this story is strong and balances the paranormal with the awfulness of humanity really well, you won’t be disappointed! Ibsen definitely knows how to put a great horror story together – I’m glad that I listened to this in the lead up to Halloween, it has me itching for another good horror read to keep the creeps going.
Jake Urry was an excellent narrator for this kind of book, his character voices were the highlight for me – they sound completely different from his narration voice and really come to life (heh. Ghost puns). I found his standard narration voice a little bit slow and it didn’t entirely hold my attention, though his haunted-house announcer style was very entertaining.
I’m not convinced that the sound effects that were added to the more tense moments in the book were a good move, it came across as a little bit cheesy for a book which was genuinely scary.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book – I think this is a brilliant match between author and narrator and would happily listen to more in this series.