This story begins with a small child. A child who accidentally chokes with a small plastic key and dies.
Auden's family moves to a new house. New home, fresh new beginning. They find a key in the house that isn't theirs and it doesn't fit in any of the locks. And one of the stairs sounds strange when you step on it. A small squirrel shows up in the backyard looking strange right into your eyes. There is a very old book on your bookshelf that isn't yours. Strange things begin to happen. Is it just the stress from the moving or something else is going on?
I'm not very big fan of horror stories. I always expect some logical explanation. But this horror story took me from the start. The story twists and twists and sucks you into. When I started, I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
I must say I liked the story. The way it was narrated. The story was so twisting that there were moments when I couldn't tell was the scene real or it was just character's imagination. Unusually, it was written in second person narrative. There wasn't just horror part. I liked Auden's family, the wife and two sons, the way they were connected, the love they shared. Family scenes were really calm, and horror scenes would scare you to death. And the squirrels, I'll never look at the squirrels with the very same eyes again.
It's a great start for a debut author. He has done a really good job. It's a fresh new start in horror and mystery genre. Many of the stories in this genre have very disappointing ending, but that wasn't the case here. It is not monotonous with just one or two characters, but there are also supportive characters who spice up the story.
The author took two really sweet things in real life, children's curiosity and a cute little squirrel and made a plot for a horror story. This book can easily be turned into a movie.
It's twisting creepy story that will keep you up all night. It did it to me.