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
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
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
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.
I don't know how I came across this book, I remember that I picked it up because of the cover. I book I have was the original, not the reissued , and it has a camera on the cover. This was my first exposure to the process of developing film and printing photo's in fiction or nonfiction writing. I remember reading that and ...more
Die softly is about Herb Trasker, who only wanted to take a few picture of some naked cheerleaders in the school showers but the pictures he gets back are not the ones he expected. A girl dies after driving off a cliff, it all seems like an accident but theres more to it when Herb’s pictures show that same girl only an hour or two before her death in the schools showers with a shadowed figure creeping up behind he ...more
An interesting Pike book that is not about the supernatural, but instead ...more
But a girl dies Friday afternoon. On the surface it appears to be nothing more than a tragic car accident. But when Herb finally does collect his roll of film, he develops a picture that shows a shadowy fig ...more
I love the covers of these old Christopher Pike books and this cover was one of the best. Still a keeper after all these years!
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