Herb just wanted to photograph the cheerleaders in the school showers. He planted his camera high in the corner where no one could see it, and rigged it to a special homemade timer. He did that Thursday night, and he hoped that by Friday night he would have an exciting roll of film to develop.
But a girl dies Friday afternoon. On the surfac...more
― Christopher Pike, Die Softly
This book was seriously creepy and maybe the most gory of all the Pike books I have read. It also is quite different then what I have read from him before but since I have not read everything I cannot speak for all his books.
There is alot of violence in this book and some gore. It also has a horrible ending. It is not one of my favorites by Pike but it is worth ...more
Die Softly is one of Pike's darker stories, ending with a twisted finale that leaves one depressed and stunned. There are so many curves in this road it should be blockaded. It never stays stag ...more
Pike has an excellent way of teetering guilt from one character to another. You ...more
Pros: Believable depiction of a male teen...up to a point. Photography makes for an original plot device.
Cons: Unlikeable characters. Not particularly engaging prose. Some paragraphs could have benefited more editing.
WARNING! Some gruesome deaths. Sex is mentioned/implied; drugs are heavily featured.
Will appeal to: Those who love a classic teen thriller '90s-style...only a lot darker than average.
Well, yes, this isn't one of my favourit ...more
Reading these again in my 30s is extra fun because they take about as much time to get through as a movie adaptation would take to watch. In retrospect, reading these as a young girl probably colored my perception of life a bit.
A fun jaunt down memory lane.
Pike’s books covers (I have a copy with the original cover) are like clickbait before clickbait was a thing. I was lead to believe it would be a fun slasher but was greeted with a murder mystery kinda thing. Which is ok but unfortunately I had a hard time getting invested with this one, which is shocking because usually I adore his work. Idk it seemed slow paced I guess and at parts kinda repetitive. I say skip this one unless you’re out to read all his books or s ...more
But overall it was an interesting one. Kinda typical Pike, but that's not a bad thing.
I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror.
I was twelve when I first read this book and it blew my mind 🤣 so it will always be a five star for me, regardless of the writing or plot or terrible depictions of women (you can be a fat loser with a bad haircut or a seductive murderess, but please... no complex, fully developed female characters in Mannville, CA).
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.
McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm ...more