Book Review: “Ghost Hunting” by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson

This book was published in 2007 and I likely read it for the first time in 2008. If you are like me, you are probably very familiar with the “Ghost Hunters” from SciFi (as it was known back then) and learned a lot of what you know about investigation from the TAPS team. You also likely know what TAPS looks like today. I wanted to do a reread of this book and see if it still hits me the same way it did back when the gang was still together. Honestly, it was kind of sad because you can see the cracks that likely were not apparent back then.

Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. This book has a lot of short reflections on investigations from Jason’s point of view which can be interesting. Most of these stories are about 4-6 pages long. Some are longer depending on the amount of time spent discussing the team dynamics. Grants comments are typically about a paragraph long at the end of each chapter. There are 2 pages at the front of the book about the scientific approach and at the end of the book there are 10 useful pages on terminology and basic investigation tips. So, I would recommend this mainly for someone who wants to get a behind the scenes look at the TAPS team between the years of 1996 and 2006. Or maybe someone who was interested in learning about paranormal team dynamics and the challenges that are likely to arise. Otherwise, if they really wanted to read something by someone from that team, I would direct them to Amy Bruni’s book instead as it has much more useful information.

Pros: Another easy read. The story set-up of this book makes it enjoyable. I like the attempt at explaining the use of science in paranormal investigation but felt it fell short.

Cons: It lacks a lot of real substance regarding investigation process and techniques. The useful sections of this book were very brief and could have been expanded to make this book last the test of time.

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