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4.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly good, 8 Aug 2008
This review is from: The Midnight Library VII - I Can See You (Paperback)
Nick Shadow, the devil in disguise who condemned Tom Rakewell to a life of insanity in The Rake's Progress.

Here we have him resurfacing with three brilliant tales to make your flesh crawl. This volume, like the others, consists of short short stories with all the creepiness and half-hidden menace of that other world that just might exist right here and now should you take a wrong turn.

With a small cast of sharply drawn characters (interestingly both boys and girls) and tangibly realistic settings, Shadow weaves simple tales that will haunt well after the book has been closed and laid aside - the mark of a good spine-tingler. 'Picture Perfect' (the final of the three in this volume) is especially enduring as it draws on familiar archetypes for this kind of story but wraps them up in a novel and highly imaginative tale.

There is nothing here to shock or appall children over 8, and plenty that will entertain even their parents and grandparents. All round well worth reading - and actually rather better than some of the offering of more well-known writers in this genre.
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