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Red Rain

2.79 of 5 stars 2.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,400 ratings  ·  615 reviews
Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and imme...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Touchstone (first published October 1st 2012)
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Dec 04, 2013 Blythe rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: That's a joke, right?
Recommended to Blythe by: Nostalgia. Screw you, nostalgia!
I don't think I could possibly put into words how much I was looking forward to Red Rain when I had heard that it would be an adult horror novel written by none other than RL Stine, and, as well as that, I don't think I could possibly put into words how excited I when I was given an ARC of Red Rain. With all of that being said, I also don't think I could put into words how thoroughly disappointed I am with this book in the long run.

Lea Sutter is a travel blogger, and, for one of her travel expe...more
I have been debating whether I was going to give this one star or five stars: whether I acknowledged that this is a bad book, or whether I said, "This is a bad book, AND HOW!" I went with five, because the joy this book, with its horrible characters, its laughable cliffhanger and its ludicrous plot, has given me over the last few weeks I've been listening to it has been enormous.

It sucks. It's glorious. It takes so many horror cliches - so, so many - and, like a dog in horse shit, rolls around...more
Kris Irvin
Guys, this book is so sad. I have never read such a tragedy in my life.

Oh wait, no. It's not sad-sad, it's sad because it's so awful.

When I heard that R.L. Stine was coming out with a new book, I about wet myself. Goosebumps was the second series I was ever involved in (first being Boxcar Children!) at age 8 or so. I still have every single Goosebumps novel ever written packed in my closet - I'm saving them for my own kids.

That said, as an adult I recognize that Stine's not the best writer to...more
Exactly what I expected. This is a goosebumps book with boobs in it.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Like most kids of my generation, Goosebumps books were part of my formation as a reader. What elementary school kid didn't pick up at least a few of them on library trips. R. L. Stine was a freaking genius of horror to my childhood self. In fact, his books terrified me to the degree that I could only handle reading the Choose Your Own Adventure books, which, ironically, scared me less even though it was purportedly me dying over and over again, since I invariably made all the wrong choices. The...more
The Holy Terror
Are you fucking kidding me?!? R.L. Stine has a new book coming out?!?

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for this.


ETA on 9/13: Edelweiss just approved me! Can't wait to start this.
Angel Gelique
First I must say that I have a tremendous amount of respect for R.L. Stine. He's been entertaining children for years with his Goosebumps series and Fear Street Series, not to mention his television shows, like The Haunting Hour. Naturally, I was excited to see that he had written a novel for adults.

When I was about halfway through, I kept fighting my feelings of disappointment. I thought perhaps I was judging him too harshly because he was a children's author--that maybe I'd been somehow holdin...more
Back in the days of my elementary school's mobile book fair, R.L. Stine was starting to make waves with his, at the time brand new, series Goosebumps. It was enjoyable to a point. It always embodied a fun, campy spookiness, and each installment was always liberally littered with entirely unbelievable premises. Yet, even though I enjoyed them I never considered myself a great fan. I would argue that it was because by that age I'd already read half of Stephen King's offerings, and those - especial...more
When Stine first started in the YA thriller genre, he actually wasn't half bad. Books like Blind Date were loads better than the crap he churned out (almost weekly) once the Fear Street and Goosebumps factories ramped up production. But I hadn't seen anything new from him come out in quite some time, so when I saw this book (and the glowing blurbs from other authors on the cover), I decided to give it a chance.

Red Rain is, in a word, terrible.

It was like he took a rejected plot from one of his c...more
When I heard that R.L. Stine was coming out with a horror novel for adults, words cannot describe how thrilled I was. As an avid fan of horror, I grew up reading R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" and "Fear Street" stories, as well as his novels for young adults. That being said, I went into "Red Rain" with high hopes, and unfortunately, Stine's effort here doesn't pan out all that well.

First, the synopsis. Lea Sutter, a travel writer and blogger, lands on an island off the east coast of the U.S. with e...more
I was really disappointed with Stine's Red Rain, really disappointed! I don't remember reading Goosebumps as a kid, but my students love them (and Fear Street too). I figured if he had that many kid followers, then an adult novel would be a slam dunk! What a disappointment! I highly recommend he stick with writing for kids.

If you took out the sex, this one could've been for kids. It felt almost like he did write a creepy kids book and then decided to market it to adults, so he added in some R-ra...more
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Reviewed at (8/8/12)

This was one of the most highly anticipated books of the fall for me, and it ended up being one of the biggest disappointments of the year.

It took meweeks to finish this one. It was never one of those books that I found myself wanting to pick up and finish. It was creepy, but not in a good way. Honestly, the twin characters were creepy. And really annoying. Their speech made me cringe (they constantly said "bruvver" instead of "brother...more
Well,I was curious about Stine's writing for adults. My nieces and nephews are really liked his Goosebumps books, so I thought I would give this a chance.

What a mistake. You can probably read it in a day, but because it was so vapid, I had to intermingle other reading in between. What I didn't like was the extremely flat characters. The author's right upfront ambition to see this become a feature film; he suggests Jake (ok I am going to spell this wrong)Gyunhall to play Mark the hero. The compr...more
Dec 05, 2012 Courtney rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hell no
Shelves: horror-thriller
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I want to give this an extra star just because I love R.L. Stine, and have been anxiously anticipating this book since March 2011, but I can't. Red Rain is a truly, truly awful book.

This isn't R.L. Stine's first horror book for adults. Red Rain is simply a Goosebumps book with some sex and cursing thrown in so readers will be fooled into thinking it's an adult book.

Red Rain is the story of an adventure travel (or is it travel adventure?) blogger, Lea, who willingly goes to an island off the Caro...more
Katherine Ernst
R. L. Stine's first horror novel for adults, Red Rain, makes you reassess what you want out of a novel. If you're looking for deep, well-drawn characters, this book isn't for you. (Frankly, none of the characters are that believable or particularly likable.) If you're looking for a book free of plot holes or absolute implausibilities, this book also isn't for you. (Apparently, in R. L. Stine's world, people don't evacuate before hurricanes, southerners use y'all to refer to one person, and a B.S...more
Red Rain by R.L. Stine was perhaps one of those books that everyone and anyone wanted. I mean, come on, it’s Stine. Most of us grew up reading Fear Street and Goosebumps. I devoured those books when I was in my preteens, watched the old Goosebumps television specials, and was insanely excited when I heard he was releasing this book for adults.

Here’s the problem though: I found it really bad. So bad, I feel insanely guilty. I wanted nothing more than to love this book, but I just couldn't bring...more
It’s funny, but reading this book, I could tell it was written by R.L. Stine. There’s just something about his voice that translated from Goosebumps and Fear Street into this novel. That being said, I decided that I like R.L. Stine best when he’s writing for kids. Actually, I liked him best as Jovial Bob Stine, writing humor back in the day, but second best when writing horror for kids. There was something really uncomfortable for me reading the sex scenes in this book (yes, there are sex scenes...more
Mario Rocchetta
When I saw that R.L. Stine had released an "adult" book, my excitement was unbearable! I mean, why wouldn't you want to read an adult book from your favorite childhood author, now that you, yourself, are an adult? Prior to starting "Red Rain," I admit that I read a few unfavorable reviews from people who bashed Stine's latest work. In my opinion, these people need to relax. R.L. Stine's "Red Rain" was a terrific read. Although it started off a little bit slow for me, I soon enough found myself t...more
Jillian Eaton
May 25, 2012 Jillian Eaton marked it as to-read
My favorite scary writer from childhood is coming out with a scary book for adults? Done and done.
Erik Nelson
Jan 27, 2014 Erik Nelson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
To all of the 90's kids and of course to ALL of the fans of R.L Stine and horror, this is a real treat for you. R.L Stine stated in an interview while on his book tour that he wrote this book after many of his 90's fans had asked him when he was going to write a more adult themed book. When he started thinking of what to write, he figured that he should write about evil kids since he wrote about many evil adults or creatures within the "Goosebumps" stories. "Red Rain" centers around a pair of tw...more

This book is a nice present for fans of R.L. Stine who have outgrown his Goosebumps and Fear Street series and have moved on to more adult fare. I would call it more creepy than scary and, at times, too reliant on gore. Something about it didn't really scare me and felt a little juvenile. I'm not sure if that means that Stine pulled punches with the scares in this book or if he's just not able to really terrify adults. My biggest issue with the plot of the story was that it felt very derivative...more
Brigid Fitch
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Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)
Lea Sutter is a travel adventure writer and blogger. She decides to travel to Cape Le Chat Noir, is a tiny island that has a reputation for being cursed. Even with a hurricane heading towards the island Lea takes a trip to this intriguing island. But the hurricane leaves the island in ruins and Lea finds 12 year-old twin boys on the beach who were now orphans. Feeling an instant connection, Lea decides to adopt them. It takes her some convincing to get her husband Mark, a child psychologist, on...more
Oh R.L. Stine.

Okay so I about crapped my pants when I saw this on the new releases shelf at my library. I love R.L. Stine and have ever since I was a kid. Anyone who grew up in the 90's pretty much knows who he is and has read the Goosebumps series and Fear Street etc. So needless to say I am a huge fan of his.
And the prospect of an adult book by him?! *swoon*
But alas.

I think that aside from the sex scenes (it's really creepy to read your favorite childhood author when he uses the words "fuckin...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Empty plot and even worse characters!

Originally, I was so excited to read Red Rain. The first part that describes the aftermath of the hurricane was so well done that I could feel the screams of the survivors in my chest. Too bad the buck stopped there because absolutely every thing else in this book was a waste of my very limited free time and printed paper.

There wasn’t a single likable character to connect with. After the second adulterous couple I almost gave up reading altogether. The first...more
I wish I could say that I enjoyed this book, but this has to be the worst thing I've ever read by Stine. It's not exactly the "grab the matches and gasoline" read that other mainstream books might have been, but it's probably one of the most bland and mediocre books that I've read this year. What makes this especially disappointing is that there's the start of a truly great idea here. I think that's why this review is a little more harsh than some of my other ones: Stine can and has done better....more

Lea Sutter, a travel blog writer, is staying on an island to do research when a terrible hurricane hits. The hurricane causes a lot of destruction and a lot of death, similar to one that happened on the very same island some thirty years ago. When the storm is over she goes outside to investigate the damage and comes upon two twin boys who looked like "angels". Lea immediatley decides she needs to adopt them and bring them home to her husband and children in Sag Harbour. The rest of her family...more
The writing in Red Rain is more adult than what I remember his Y.A books being. Not a massive difference but I thought I'd point that out as a lot of reviews for this book say the writing style is pretty much the same as his older work.

I found a difference in the actual writing style but the storytelling seemed the same. It seemed like classic R.L. Stine in that sense. It wasn't overly original, scary or well-written but it had that R.L. Stine feel where you keep reading despite the flaws.

It re...more
"Red rain" started really promising and, initially, I couldn't understand what all the bad reviews were ranting about. But then, as the story moved forward, it became apparent that Mr. Stine wasn't really able to write anything for adults. As is the case with so many things in this book, the twins started off as very interesting villains. Although what was going on with them was rather obvious from the beginning, I wasn't bothered by that. However, their supposed agenda as well as their powers d...more
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Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

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