I was a 90’s kid, but there’s still something nostalgic that bubbles up in me when I read a book or watch a movie that is set in the 80’s. If you feel the same way, then you’re going to absolutely love The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson. First off, I want to say how incredible the cover is, it reminds me of so many things that I loved about being a kid (minus the burning houses of course).
The book starts off with present day Jake, who is an incredibly, for lack of a better word, interesting surgeon. The first chapter is shown through his eyes as an adult, and you’ll see when you read it, it’s quite telling. Anyway, after that we jump back to the 80’s when Jake was just 12 years old. Jake doesn’t have many friends, he’s not good at most things, and he’s really just kind of waiting for the next new kid to pop into town so they can be friends for the next three months. Until then, he spends a lot of time with his Uncle Calvin. This guy right here is a riot. He’s very eccentric, always looking to help Jake with all things magical and imaginary. Someone who really has Jake’s back through the hard times.
Calvin owns a shop that deals with things like the occult, magic, and the like. Calvin and his friend Len, along with Jake and the two new kids in town Dove and Billy create the Saturday Night Ghost Club, where things get a little spooky. In 12 year old Jakes mind, everything with the Saturday Night Ghost Club is all in good fun, but when present day Jake is looking back at his 12 year old self (present day Jake is the narrator of the book), he realizes there are somethings that just don’t make sense about his Uncle Calvin and the club.
This book was short but very fun to read. We all want to bring back that feeling of the 80’s and 90’s when everything seemed okay, so you’ll definitely want to read this one. it’s got a mixture of horror, paranormal, romance, and a coming of age story to match all others. Think Wonder Years mixed with Stranger Things. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.