by Alexandra Sokoloff (St. Martin’s Press, 2006)
This book starts off quickly, pulls you in and then freaks you out. It doesn’t really cover new ground, but it was a great little horror/ghost story read. Robin isn’t happy, she is withdrawn and she has a sucky homelife so she decides to stay at school over Thanksgiving break. She and 4 other students hang out in the dorm during a storm, both natural and psychic. A ouiji board is pulled out, they begin to play and things begin to happen.
So, before anything started, the writing gets you in the mood for a ghost story. “By five the dorm was completely, eerily empty, halls dark and silent as the grave.” (pg 19) It doesn’t mess around, there aren’t a ton of extra details, but what you are given says “this is a horror story so think scary thoughts”.
The people who stay are sort of loners and become close during their trials, a warped Breakfast Club type environment. It is dangerous, there are drinking and drugs and a “bad guy” and it would probably make a good horror movie. Some of the back story was interesting, even if I got slightly confused for a bit.
There is a satisfying ending with a big huge finale which wraps up fairly well and there is flesh on the line during the meat of the story. I liked it. It drew me in and made me want to keep reading. I haven’t read too many horror stories but I thought this was well done. 3.5 pentagrams drawn in blood, I will be grabbing other books by Sokoloff for when I feel like reading scary stuff, during the day only though, or I get too nervous.