We've come to the fourth book of the Lockwood and Co. series, "The creeping Shadow".
I think this book is the one book that I didn't fancy too much reading a second time.
It's still well-written, but I feel like it's building up the excitement for coming events that happens at the end of the book and in book 5. I remember first time reading it, I was so caught up and I couldn't put it down. This time I already knew all the exciting parts and what would be coming next, and therefor everything was just kinda a bit slow this time. But I mean, the first time I read it, it was an absolutely good and exciting book, which I believe you shouldn't miss out on. Also, I think this book is very important for the last book and I also love how we get to see Lucy's evolution in such a different way. She's independent and she gets to explore a lot on her own.
The only draw-back on this book is that although we're told a bunch of times that she's working on her talent, it's growing, she's doing so much better than before, I feel like it's hard to see - kind of. It is visible throughout the book, but I feel like Stroud could've given her at least one more case for us to join and actually see the differences from before.
Which leads me to another point. Although a lot of the events makes sense and leads to one another I feel like maybe there was a bit too many events for one book? I don't know to be honest, but that's how I felt about it.
I think you can concider this "the dark" book of the series. The one where everything is turned upside down and there's a lot of things you just whish wasn't happening. As much as I hate those kinds of books, I think it's important to create that feeling in the series, and I feel like Stroud managed it well. It was dark, but not too dark.
In conclusion, I think it's worth a read, and you should read it before reading book five. It's well written, and a I really fell in love with this series, so yes, I recommend you to read it, although there are a bit more more draw-backs in this book compared to the previous ones.
Have a lovely Sunday!