The author of the New York Times bestselling Goosebumps and Fear Street series uses his knack for creating terror to tap into some very grown up fears in this terrifying horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.
Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, at the wrong place at the wrong time, and barely escapes with her life when a freak hurricane cuts through the island. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys—twins—and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family is not quite so pleased. But no one could anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that within a few weeks’ time, Lea’s husband, a controversial child psychologist, will be implicated in two brutal murders.
For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a “creepy, fun read” (Library Journal) from a beloved master of the genre.
Goosebumps YA series creator Stine fails to compel in his first horror novel for adults. After a destructive hurricane, travel blogger Lea Sutter encounters homeless 12-year-old twin angels Daniel and Samuel on a South Carolina island and brings them home to Long Island. Stine quickly immerses the family in tension and horror as the boys presence and supernatural abilities provoke conflict in Lea s family. Although Stine makes the twins malicious intentions very clear, most of the adults seem astonishingly oblivious. Lea s husband s assurances to their children ( We re all safe here. You don t have to be scared ) ring hollow as the twins pursue their dark goals. Lea, whose devotion to Daniel and Samuel is described as love at first sight, becomes increasingly protective of them and immersed in nightmares of her island experiences. A predictable and disappointing conclusion is upended by a final tantalizing image that feels like a movie-viewer s reward for sitting through interminable credits.
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Not to bad. I couldn't put the book down. I read it in 2 days. I would recommend it.
Pretty good, too much "trying to be adult "
Plot was pretty good and got shock at ending. Too many f words and trying to prove he's an adult writer.
It definitely put me under the must-turn-one-more-page spell, and honestly brought me back to reading. I can't wait for his next book; hopefully, it's another adult one. I remembered why I loved him and Goosebumps as I read this.