Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay – 3.5 stars
This book gave me the chills from the get-go. Elizabeth, Tommy’s mother, receives a call in the middle of the night from Tommy’s friends asking if he is home with her. She looks in his bedroom, but when she can’t find him and when his friends don’t know where he could be, panic sets in. She is frantic, running through the house trying desperately to find her son. Begging him by sheer force of will that he just walk through the door. The reality is sinking in. Her son has disappeared just like his father.
The devil is in the coincidences.
A boy, Tommy, at age 13 disappears suddenly when he and his friends run out into the middle of the night to a place known as Devil’s Rock. Tommy’s friends, Josh and Luis, seem honest and forthcoming, but this can’t be all the information.
Elizabeth believes she sees Tommy in her bedroom in the middle of the night. But he is different. Terrifying. Something is wrong with her son. But as quick as she sees him, he is gone. She doesn’t know what to think, but she is terrified. Her gut is telling her that she saw her dead son.
When random pages from what seems to be a diary written in Tommy’s scrawl appear in the living room, Elizabeth tastes a bit of hope that maybe her son is still alive. That maybe he is trying to tell them something. That’s when they stumble upon a character who befriended the boys that Josh and Luis (and Tommy, when he was still there) had failed to mention to anyone. Who is this older stranger and what role could he have played in Tommy’s disappearance?
Tremblay gives you chills by writing horrific scenes that leave you questioning the characters sanity and your own. While this book was not my favorite, it was still a great tale of what a parent, sister, and friend, must go through when they suffer from the sudden loss of a child, brother, friend. It will scare you and upset you. There were parts that left me teary-eyed, and I had to talk myself down to get through it. It’s an emotional ride.
This book was creepy and intriguing, but it didn’t scare me the way Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts did. The writing style also seemed quite different between the two books (one first person, past, the other third person, present). I just couldn’t get into it the way I wanted to. The way I did with A Head Full of Ghosts. It was a little disappointing, but the story is still there. It’s still great. You will still get plenty of chills.
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