I have not read something quite like this before. Sadly, I wasn’t so much as scared as creeped out. Maybe it’s because I’m such a fanatic of scary things that it’s difficult to scare me now. So don’t let it deter you just because I wasn’t feeling the fright!
Let me start out by saying, there are some slower parts of this book, but they are there for a reason.
For a moment, it felt as though Ania Ahlborn crept into one of my personal nightmares and brought it to life. Again, I wasn’t scared, but it creeped me out. I was shocked, to say the least.
This book doesn’t just give you all the creepy-crawly chills, it gives you all sorts of emotions for the main characters. Pity, love, sorrow. All I wanted to do was hug the ever living hell out of Stevie. For such a little boy, he’s gone through so much, and it just keeps coming at him.
And so many people give him the look. You know, the one that says, stop being such a loser and a freak…
The ending though. WOW. I’m blown away. That was the best part of the book by a long shot.
Throughout the entirety of this book, all I could hear was Jud Crandall from Pet Cemetery by Stephen King:
Overall, this book was a breath of fresh air. I’ve been reading romance for a while and needed something that would crawl under my skin, work its way into my head, and hold on for some sleepless nights. This book did almost all of those things. It was still a good read!
Rating: 3.5 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.