Author: Stephen Chbosky
Published: October 1, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Imagine… Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.
Imagine… Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.
Imagine... Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.
Imagine… Something that will change everything… And having to save everyone you love.
Whoa. I really loved Perks of Being a Wallflower and I got so excited when I found out he was publishing another book, and a horror book at that! I was able to get a signed copy from Island Bookstore in Corolla, NC. Then I read it. Holy. Crap. For being such a large book, it went by very quickly. I was engrossed within the first chapter. Thankfully, I liked who I was supposed to like and hated those I was supposed to hate. Though the twist got me; I’ll admit that I didn’t see it coming. I should have. Once it twisted, I kicked myself for not having an inkling about it.
The reason I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 was because there were places that made me, as a Christian, a little uncomfortable. I can only assume that Chbosky is a catholic, because the catholic themes guiding the story are obvious. I can’t say too much about the story because I don’t want to give anything away. The synopsis is the perfect tantalization and I don’t think anymore should be learned before reading. It is definitely creepy, but I don’t think it was scary. Even those who don’t like horror will like this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something to completely immerse themselves in.