Where to start with this one. I love horror, but for someone who has always loved a good horror movie, I haven’t read a whole lot of horror books. In fact, for the most part it’s a genre of books that I’ve only recently started diving into.
This was my first book by this author, though there are a few of his books I’ve had on my TBR for a while now. As a result, going into this I really didn’t know what to expect from it as I had no clue on the authors writing style or anything. But the title alone caught my attention enough for me to take a look at the synopsis, and I decided with it being October and spooky season, this sounded like the perfect read to set the tone for the month ahead.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the writing style, I even liked the characters and their depth. All of the final girls were unique personalities who dealt with their trauma in vastly different ways, and managed to stand out as their own beings rather than falling into a generic slump. I expected Lynnette’s paranoia and hermit tendencies to annoy me but they made enough sense with her experiences and she actually made huge leaps at dealing with this and working through it over the course of the book that it never got to that point.
I love good character growth and Lynnette really grew by the end of the book, becoming less selfish and less of a shut-in as she tried to work out who was coming after the group of final girls and why. The book even managed to have some plot twists in the end that kind of stood out for me in the context of a horror novel simply because the horror genre can have the tendency to be fairly obvious.
I learned about the connections the characters had to classic horror films after reading the book, which added an interesting little bit of context and fan service for the die hard horror movie fan.
All in all I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be picking up more of this authors books. Beyond that, it has definitely sparked my interest in getting much more into the horror genre as far as my reading goes, and I will be keeping an eye out for more, particularly leading up to Halloween.