The New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series delivers a terrifying horror novel for adults centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.
After travel writer Lea Sutter barely survives a merciless hurricane on a tiny island off the South Carolina coast, she impulsively brings two orphaned twin boys home with her to Long Island. Samuel and Daniel seem amiable and intensely grateful at first, but no one in Lea’s family anticipates the twins’ true evil nature—or predicts that within a few weeks’ time her husband, a controversial child psychologist, will be implicated in two brutal murders.
“The horror is grisly” (Associated Press) in legendary author R.L. Stine’s “creepy, fun read” (Library Journal)—an homage to the millions of adult fans who grew up reading his classic series and a must-read for every fan of deviously inventive chillers.
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.