Okay, first of all, the television show? MUCH BETTER. Even if its just as ridiculous as the book plot. Second of all, STICK TO GOOSEBUMPS AND FEAR STROkay, first of all, the television show? MUCH BETTER. Even if its just as ridiculous as the book plot. Second of all, STICK TO GOOSEBUMPS AND FEAR STREET, STINE.
This book has left me confused. It centers around Lindy, this "too gorgeous for even her to admit it" 23-year old that gets set up on a dating site by her best friend, Ann-Marie (I'll get to her later, her character as a whole is what pissed me off the most!!!!!) as someone called Eye Candy. Lindy, of course, is reluctant, because she's still getting over her ex boyfriend, some super sexy cop, who was killed in the line of duty. But her friend keeps pushing her to do it, saying she really needs to "get back out there" and find someone special.
So Lindy caves and decided to go out with three guys. All of them are quite boring in my opinion, until she happens to meet Shelly. This weird and intense dude she mistakes for one of her dates at a bar. They hit it off and exchange numbers (before her date, mind you).
And then the weird shit starts happening. Someone threatens Lindy's life. And steals all of her underwear (???) out of her drawer. The culprit says that he'll hurt Lindy if she ever says no to him, and she needs to keep seeing him. Lindy is terrified, so she enlists the help of her ex boyfriends partner, a cop named Tommy. Sigh, Tommy. So much hotness in the television show, not enough hotness in the book. Stine could have made him babelier. I mean, look at him on the show? HE IS AN ADONIS. Tommy insists that this creep is probably just a one time creep and she should just ignore the warnings and stop seeing all the guys.
.....bad move, hot cop.
I forgot to mention the random chapters that are inserted to make you think that Lindy's stalker is killing other victims. They are written as something out of a Criminal Minds episode, honestly. Written as if her stalker takes home innocent victims, bangs them, and leaves them dead for stupid reasons (messed up teeth, fingernails chewed, etc). Those confused me the most. The significance of those chapters still leaves me baffled.
Anyways, back to the Lindy story. She's thrown off of a dock, she's followed by some creepy hooded figure, and she's genuinely terrified for her life. But she keeps saying yes to these guys so she won't end up dead. The story drags on and on for about 50 more pages of the same bs, her dating all of these guys and getting threatening phone calls and being told not to say no.
Until the last few pages kicks in. She goes to Shelly's (the guy she met randomly when she mistook him for her date), and finds body parts. Everywhere. Ultimately, she panics (I mean, who wouldn't?) and runs out of the building. She calls mister hot cop, and they arrest him. PLOT TWIST: He's never even murdered anyone in his life. Just in stories. Yes, the chapters where women are getting murdered after having sex are in this dudes imagination. He's never killed anyone, he's just imagining it. This dude is batshit crazy.
That part, the part where its revealed that this Shelly guy is imagining murdering everyone he dates, and no actual murder is being involved, is where Stine lost me. I didn't even want to finish the book. But I trudged on anyways, considering I only had about 15 pages to go anyways. And finishing the book? It wasn't even worth it.
It turns out that he best friend and roommate was the one stalking her, stealing her underwear, and generally terrorizing her life. All because she though Lindy and her skeezball guido boyfriend were having a secret thing on the side, and she was jealous of it. So she basically made Lindy go through hoops because she is just as nuts as that Shelly guy.
I finished this book perplexed. I couldn't even believe the ridiculousness of that plot twist. It was even interesting. Stine should have wrote about a hot Australian dude murdering people because they have flaws and he's searching for the perfect one. That would have grabbed my attention more. ...more