Fans of horror movies are going to want to pick up this new tale from Derik Cavignano, which combines Stephen King with Scooby Doo, but in a good way.
The children of Glenwood, Mass. begin disappearing without a trace – no suspects, no clues, nothing. It’s eerily reminiscent of the original settlers of Glenwood, then called Freetown, who all disappeared, leaving not a shred of evidence about their fate behind. Meanwhile, a gang of misfits – an alcoholic teacher, a love struck teenager, and an outcast little girl – begin seeing something strange near the woods. They discover they need to work together to figure out how to stop who – or what – is destroying the town.
This book really succeeds because it takes you to a place that seems so normal, but is hiding something most abnormal. I think the setup is done well, slowly creating the mystery and atmosphere, then introducing the central horrific premise.
I’ve seen other reviews that criticize that it’s “unreal” or “far-fetched,” but that’s the beauty of horror novels: they can take you to a place where monsters do exist and where it’s too dangerous to turn out the lights. I definitely got chills when I was reading this book late at night, even realizing that it’s just fiction.
So, if you’re willing to forget reality for a little bit and experience some chills, I recommend this book. It’s got a great main cast of characters and a chilling premise.
Just make sure you lock your doors before you start reading.