Dec 25, 10
Read in December, 2010
Scary. As. Hell. I had heard great things about this book, and wasn't disappointed. And now there's a follow-up coming out? Count me in, after I turn on all the lights in the room. From the front cover of this book, to the last chapter, Alender had me hooked.
Alexis lives in an old, haunted-looking house with her parents and younger sister, Kasey. Kasey has always been a little odd to Alexis, but lately her behavior has been getting more disturbing. When Kasey starts using words that normally don't belong in her normal vocabulary, and moving around the house at odd hours, Alexis starts to worry. When she notices Kasey's eyes turning from their usual blue to bright green, Alexis gets seriously scared.
Alender does a great job of ratcheting up the fear factor in the book, without resorting to cliched scare tactics. She establishes an ominous tone, and a sense of foreboding with each chapter. As Alexis teams up, reluctantly, with the head cheerleader at her school, in an effort to help Kasey, the book takes turns which are even more sinister. I cannot wait for the next book, although I'm wondering how Alender can top this one.