HITTING BOOKSTORE SHELVES TODAY!
20 years after his debut novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky’s second novel releases today! This time he delivers a very Halloween-y horror story that is perfect to kick off this month’s reading.
Seven year old Christopher and his mother, Kate, have landed in a small Pennsylvania town trying to escape Kate’s abusive boyfriend and start a new life. Since Christopher’s father died, the two of them have struggled. Kate, hopeful for a new beginning, touches down in this small town. Christopher notices that the clouds seem to smile at him and, one day, a friendly cloud lures him into the woods. He goes missing for six days, but when he returns, he cannot remember the time he was gone. After a very lucky streak that improves Christopher’s grades and brings Kate a lottery win, the two seem to be thriving in their new town. But sinister things seem to be happening in the woods, and Christopher and his friends are drawn into the forest.
Chobosky has said that Stephen King is one of his favorite writers, and it shows. The story has the feel at times of Stephen King’s story The Body (made into the movie Stand By Me), and also of the television series Stranger Things. But Chobosky puts his own signature on this horror tale and the twists and turns of this delightful scary read are spot on.
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!