Because horns and tail never go out of style
If you were looking for a superbly written both plot and character driven horror story, you GOTTA read this book NOW.
4.5 ungodly stars!
An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.
Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.
That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.
I love horror. I grew up reading and watching horror stories so there is not much that scares me. But this book wrapped his cold, skeleton fingers around my throat and scare me GOOD!
And there is just ONE supernatural element here!
But the insanely gripping plot and characters arcs, starkly precision and realism of the writing, and the perfect pacing create such a tense eerie atmosphere that, that you don’t even need that ONE and only supernatural thing!
Reading this book was like when I was little with my girl scouts friends, in a tent, at night in the woods, weird shadows casted by the flashlights under our chins, scared to death by the eerie cracks and rustling around us hoping it’s just a squirrel or the wind but knowing it could be so many other things.
This is good classic, old school horror storytelling. A deformed, unholy tale with horns, tail and all!
And it is all about the character arcs. They are so gritty that they are their own horror stories per se.
The tale is told from Stevie’s perspective, an unreliable narrator. He is a super sweet kid with a very unhappy life. He has no friends, an abusive stepfather, a doormat of a mother and a jerk of an older brother. He gets bullied often and when he knows something happened to his only friend and cousin. But no one believes him because of his recurring hallucinations and his inability to communicate effectively due to his speech impairment,
So he really wants to find and help his cousin Jude but no one seems to care because the small town where he lives is also bizarre and creepy.
Then there is also Jude who has some serious issue, and no one likes, and well… to whom something REALLY horrific happens
And there is THAT woman. The lives in the woods. And her story is also so heartbreaking and creepy and horrific…
I hope after you have read this book you have learned the lesson…
- Don’t get a pet
- Don’t let your kids out of your sight
- Don’t go into the woods.
And for god sake…
NEVER NEVER NEVER GO NEAR THAT HOUSE!
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