Rainer Maria Rilke

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Teenage Creepfest

Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates
(Young Adult Horror)

This book is deceptive.  It starts off with a simple mystery to solve.  Caleb is about to go off to college but decides to take a break for the summer.  He receives a letter from a childhood friend asking for help.

It starts so simply and then so quickly turns to something full of horror.  When Caleb and his friend Bean travel back to his childhood home, everything goes wrong.  When trying to find Christine and help her, they discover she is being held prisoner in a dream asylum and when I used the word horror, I meant it.  True Stephen King-horror.

Caleb's childhood hometown has a big problem.  Hundreds of people (mostly children) are missing.  Memories Caleb doesn't want to remember are resurfacing and what is he going to do to solve the problem.  He can't just ignore such atrocities.  Can he?

This book should clearly be for older teens or young adults--NC17 rating or older.  Besides the horror aspect, there are other mature scenes that are just inappropriate for much younger readers.

Plus, it absolutely scared the pants off me!  I totally see this turning into a great horror movie one day. It plays to your darkest fears and pushes the envelope--don't read it late at night.  You will be sorry!  The action, characterization and setting are dripping full of scary and the ending just segues into waiting for the next installment.  If scary is your thing, this book is it.

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