The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro was a fantastic book. The first paragraph alone drew me in, and as the story progressed it demanded my attention. I couldn't put it down- I was completely captivated. The author managed to walk the fine line between too simplistic and too complex and created the perfect balance. As I read, I could feel the children's anger and confusion. I could see the mansion with it's array of rich detail and picture all the interesting creatures who call the story home. This review is very difficult for me to write. There are so many different parts of the book that I enjoyed and would love to discuss, but I am afraid of spoiling anything for those who have yet to embark upon this adventure. Instead, I will say that Mr. J. L. Hickey has an amazing gift for words. I highly recommend that anyone reading this give the book a chance. You won't be disappointed. I, myself, will be waiting eagerly (and none too patiently) for the next installment.