Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Berkley via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).
Review: Creepy. So. Very. Creepy. Have you ever gone to an amusement park during Halloween? You know how they always have some dark labyrinth type set up where people in horrific costumes jump out at you unexpectedly and scare the living crap out of you? This book is like that. Except you’re in the labyrinth for hours, seeing faces everywhere, and as time passes and no one has jumped out at you, the tension builds up almost unbearably, and the longer you wait, the more you imagine the terribleness that awaits you, and when it finally arrives…it’s pretty much as bad as you expected. Except the monsters aren’t exactly who you thought they were.
Edie and Heather were friends in high school until something horrible happened. We don’t know what or to whom, only that their friendship was immediately severed and Edie ran away to live with her uncle. Fast forward 15+ years later and Heather shows up at Edie’s front door. Edie has been expecting it – and dreading it – for years. From that moment forward, her whole world starts to unravel. Will she ever feel safe again?
My anxiety level was through the roof with this one. I read most of it last night, finishing a little after midnight, and afterwards, I couldn’t sleep. It’s nearly 2pm the next day, and I can still feel myself coming down, my nerves were ratcheted up so high, my emotions so stirred up, that I’m still trying to shed it all.
And emotionally heavy.
The most intense thing I’ve read all year.