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THE best Point Horror Book
on 25 August 2009
Read this when I was around twelve or thirteen and it was THE book that got me not only into reading, but re-ignited my passion for horror stories.
Martha, a decidedly plain and homely blonde, moves to a new town with her father to live with her new stepmother Sally and her annoyingly aloof strange stepbrother Connor. Martha finds that trying to get used to her new home is increasingly unsettling when the curtains like to move on their own, and strange shadows lurk in her bedroom when she sleeps.
At the local hardware store, Martha meets and befriends Wynn, a friendly but traumatised high school girl who is still reeling from the death of her best friend Elizabeth only a year before. Wynn confides in Martha that Elizabeth had lived in the house that Martha's family have just moved into, and that the poor girl was killed brutally in Martha's very bedroom a year ago on Halloween by her boyfriend Dennis, a foul-tempered bad boy who disappeared after Elizabeth's death. Wynn is only reminded more of the fact of Elizabeth's death by Martha's uncanny resemblence to her.
As the dark shadows and strange sounds continue to manifest in the creepy old house, Martha begins to despair that either she is being haunted, or that Dennis has returned thinking Elizabeth has lived all this time.
I have to say this is definately THE best Point Horror book that was ever written, it has mystery, romance, suspense, and horror all wrapped up into one. The writing is great, it's a good un-put-downable read that is so vivid you could almost imagine it being a movie. Good for teens, but even as an adult I went back to reading it and it was still quite satisfying and good for nostalgia. Reminds you of the kind of stuff that really came before the craze of Twilight.