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The Stitchers

(Fright Watch #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Instinctive Quinn Parker and scientific-minded Mike Warren are two thirteen-year-old friends who uncover a centuries-old mystery that threatens their whole town. After learning the awful truth about their neighbors, "The Oldies," and the gruesome secret of how they stay young, Quinn and Mike face a race against time to expose their neighbors before they become the next vic ...more
Published August 18th 2020 by Abrams Amulet
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Chelsea Humphrey
One of my goals this year is to start reading more middle grade novels again, and there's nothing I love more than the darker side of MG fiction. This was truly an engaging, age appropriate horror novel for the younger crowd, yet the author didn't skimp on details or dumb down the narrative. The individual mystery here is wrapped up nicely, but the characters are left open for a new adventure to come. Highly recommended to fans of the Hello Neighbor book series.

*Many thanks to the publisher for
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The middle grade spooky world is lucky to be adding this one to its ranks when it comes out in August!

Quinn lives on what seems to be a rather peaceful street - except for the fact that some of her neighbours are bizarre. There's just something not right about them, and Quinn and her friend Mike are determined to find out who - or what - they are. Does it have something to do with the drowning of a young girl fifty years before?

Thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this spooky and intriguing book,
Cameron Chaney
A strong debut novel, The Stitchers by Lorien Lawrence is an exciting first entry in the Fright Watch series. This book worm is very much looking forward to the second entry. What a fun read! Fans of Goosebumps and Eerie Indiana should take note. Recommended.

Check out my full video review HERE.

Thank you, Lorien Lawrence, for sending me an ARC of The Stitchers in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4.75 but rounded up to 5 star.

The Stitchers is a Middle Grade Horror, it's eerie and fantastic!

Teenagers Quinn and Mike live in a small area, and live opposite each other on Goodie Lane. Both going to the same school and track team, they pair up and work together to uncover their town's secrets.

Ever since Quinn's Dad tragically passed away, Quinn refuses to give up the investigation that she and her Dad started.

Determined to find out the mystery surrounding their strange neighbour
I won a copy of the ARC through a competition on Twitter, this in no means has affected my rating or feelings. This is 101% honesty here.

This was a very exciting and fun read! It took me several days to get through it due to how little time I had when I read it (something to do with packing up a tent, going home and unpack stuff, and feeling too dead to read). But whenever I could I read this book, because I just couldn’t put it down.

I enjoyed it a lot, it gave some major Goosebumps x Eerie Indi
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy:
- Goosebumps & Nancy Drew

This started off as a slow burn read with a bit of repetitiveness. But the author does a nice job of leaving a trail of crumbs to keep the reader engaged.

Things don't really start picking up till the halfway mark, and I was curious to find out more about the Oldies, which was what kept me going in the first place. Otherwise, I'm not sure I would have continued to be honest.

Overall, it wasn't a bad read. It sets up the next book nicely, and is a good read for
Lindsay Currie
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. Where to start with this book? It was RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. Creepy, atmospheric, and fast-paced. I was hooked from page one, friends. The relationship between the characters was delightful! Authentic, sweet, and perfect for this age group. The mystery unfolded nicely as well and the eerie scenes kept me reading well past bedtime. Can't wait for more from this author! Thank you so much for the advance copy, Abrams. I enjoyed every moment of this read and can't wait to celebrate the r ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Omg this is so good, it’s geared for middle grade readers but great for adults to enjoy too. It’s a creepy, page turner about Quinn Parker and Mike who are classmates and neighbors living across the street from “The Oldies”. The Oldies have always lived in their houses, donating money to services in the community but something is off, they don’t age! Quinn and Mike are determined to find out what their secret is. This is a wonderful debut! I cannot wait for Book #2. Thanks to Abrams Books for an ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


A BIG Thank You to Netgalley and Abrams Amulet Books for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of “The Stitchers (Fright Watch #1)” for my review.

Those who read my reviews know that I always love reading a good spooky story. I still love the old R.L. Stine Goosebumps, Fear Street and Point Horror books. Having said that, I am SO happy and nostalgic because this book is written so well!

Firstly, I loved Quinn and Mike as the main characters! They have
Chelsea Ichaso
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun! Its creepy start drew me in immediately, and the fantastic pairing of middle school investigators, Quinn and Mike, kept me hooked! Great for a young reader who likes spooky mysteries! I know my 11-year-old is going to fly through this one!
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for sending me an ARC of this book.

I'm so glad that this is going to be a series, because it hooked me with it's creepy characters and dark (but not overly scary) storyline. See if you can look at your neighbors in the same way after reading this book!

Quinn and her dad knew there was something off about their neighbors, whom they dubbed "the Oldies". No one knows how long they've lived on Goodie Lane but their strange behaviors (such frequently bandaged body parts) and th
Stacy Fetters
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The water moves beneath my gaze. It whispers my name, calling me toward it. My fingers skim the surface, and suddenly something- or someone- grabs ahold of my hand within the water, pulling me over the rocks and down into the murk and scum and the darkness. I'm screaming, and choking, and fighting to free myself, but the hand grips me tighter, drags me lower until I can no longer see, or feel, or hope."

Imagine taking parts from RL Stine and Stephen King, splashing it with a little Stranger Thin
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
here is something strange going on down Goodie lane with the old people that Quinn calls “Oldies”. They act strange and sometimes its like they are acting really old then the next day they seem to act younger and always after a part of them seems to have a bandage on it.

Quinn along with her friend Matt. whom she also has a slight crush on though she wouldn’t admit it, decide to investigate them and try and figure out what they are. Quinn has many guesses, are they vampires, aliens or any other t
Sierra Dertinger
This will be a spooktacular new series for middle grade readers! Thirteen-year-old Quinn and her classmate and neighbor Mike, know something is up with the "Oldies" on their street Goodie Lane. They are nicknamed the "Oldies" because they seriously do not age. Not only do they always look youthful, but they have the exact same routine every morning when Quinn and Mike go on their runs. Ever since Quinn's dad passed away, she hasn't stopped secretly investigating. Her father (who was a police off ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Abrams Kids and Netgalley for an early copy of this book (out August 18, 2020) in exchange for my honest review.

Thirteen-year-old Quinn knows something is wrong with her neighbors she's dubbed the "Oldies". The Oldies never seem to grow older but they do seem to grow younger after bandages come off their body. An Oldie who couldn't walk one day is running miles faster than Quinn's track and field legs can take her. Quinn use to track the Oldies' day-to-day actions with her father, b
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This fantastically spooky debut novel deftly weaves elements of mystery, history, and magic in a spooky New England setting. But it’s the strong characters, particularly Quinn and Mike, that really elevate this story and make it a perfect mix of chills and realistic tween-teen drama. I loved every page of this book!
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
so fun!!
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction, arc
I really enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend it to middle grade readers.
Kristin Lambert
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Creepy and atmospheric with great characters and real heart. Highly recommended for middle grade readers who like being a little afraid of the dark!
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's a lot to like about this book. I'm a sucker for tweens who get sucked up into a conspiracy. It's exactly how I was at that age - always seeing weird behavior patterns and wondering if it was aliens or ghosts. Mike and Quinn are delightful as main characters. The great thing is that I feel they act towards each other exactly how 13-year-olds who are maybe friends or maybe more act towards each other. Their tenderness was touching and gave the story a lot of emotional depth. The only chara ...more
Rebecca Marsick
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book within 24 hours. It is such a perfect middle grade fast paced mystery with just enough scare (and a hint of romance). This one will fly off of shelves and kids (and adults!) will be eagerly waiting for the next one!
Lorien Lawrence
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it so of course I'm going to give it 5 stars 😊
I hope you like it, too!
Ms. Yingling
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Quinn Parker lives on Goodie Lane in a small Connecticut town with her mother and her older, arthritic dog, Billy. Her father, who was a policeman, passed away recently, and Quinn is struggling with missing him. He shared her concern about the odd behavior of the "Oldies" on her street, and since his passing, she has taken to investigating them with the assistance of neighbor and classmate, Mike. The two are on the track team and meet up in the mornings to run, ta
Carly O'Connell
There's something off about Quinn Parker's neighbors. Although they've lived on Goodie Lane forever and are known as "the Oldies," they seem to get younger by the day. Until her father's death the year before, Quinn and her dad used to spy on the Oldies and come up with theories about how they stay so young and why they seem so creepy. Quinn is determined to carry on this detective work as her father's legacy with the help of her neighbor Mike. Quinn thinks there must be a supernatural explanati ...more
Belles Middle Grade Library
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a creepy good time!! Normally I would want to wait until spooky season to read this. But since I won the ARC, I wanted to read it & share my thoughts before it came out. So glad I went ahead & read it! I loved it! I loved the friendship b/n Quinn & Mike. They made such a great duo! The Oldies were such a creative idea for characters & for a plot! They were so creepy! Lol it was so fun trying to figure out what was going on, & trying to solve the mystery w/these 2 kids. I had no idea wh ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a Middle Grade, top end of primary age 10 to 12 then The Stitchers was an entertaining read. It lacked the scares and depth of character to mix with out-and-out YA horror, but if pitched at the right age level has much to enjoy. The cover implies it to be the first book in the ‘Fright Watch’ series and seen as it finishes (not exactly with a cliff-hanger) there is plenty of scope for a second book with the horror film style mini-twist which comes in the final pages. The St ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Goodreads for gifting me this copy in your giveaway!

Quinn and Mike have always felt that there was something a little off about their neighbors. The Oldies on Goodie Lane has been there forever; no one is quite sure how long, but their ageless beauty is like a mysterious fountain of youth. At first, it was just the slight change of a nose, body parts wrapped in bandages, flawless plastic skin, or sudden, new, youthful agility. Their perfect exteriors matched their perfectly manicured l
Life in books Ric
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stitchers by Lorien Lawrence


This was like a throw back to my youth.
You remember reading those RL Stine’s, Point Horror books right? How about watching Eerie Indiana?
Well this is that, but cooler.


I sped-read through this, and I’m a slow arse reader. Was it the nostalgia taking over me or just excellently crafted story telling from the author?!


𝕾𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖘𝖙𝖗𝖆𝖓𝖌𝖊 𝖎𝖘 𝖍𝖆𝖕𝖕𝖊𝖓𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖔𝖓 𝕲𝖔𝖔𝖉𝖎𝖊 𝕷𝖆𝖓𝖊 . . .
𝕿𝖍𝖎𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖊𝖓-𝖞𝖊𝖆𝖗-𝖔𝖑𝖉 𝕼𝖚𝖎𝖓𝖓 𝕻𝖆𝖗𝖐𝖊𝖗 𝖐𝖓𝖔𝖜𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖗𝖊’𝖘 𝖘𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖔𝖋𝖋 𝖆𝖇𝖔𝖚𝖙 𝖍𝖊𝖗 𝖓𝖊𝖎𝖌𝖍𝖇𝖔𝖗𝖘. 𝕾𝖍𝖊 𝖈𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖘
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stitchers by Lorien Lawrence is the first book in her new Fright Watch series. Aimed at middle grade readers, it's a fun spooky mystery. I don't read a lot of middle grade books, but I acquired an ARC and decided to check it out.

Quinn Parker and her neighbor, Mike Warren, know that there's something weird about the elderly people who live on their street. The "Oldies" as they call them, consist of half a dozen grumpy neighbors who don't seem to age. Not only that, they seem to be getting in
Ari Odinson
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in return for an honest review.

I haven't delved too much into middle-grade horror in recent years but reflecting on some past books I've read as a kid like classics by Mary Downing Hahn, Caroline B. Cooney, and Lois Duncan it makes sense to land back in such a genre.

In The Stitchers, we follow Quinn Parker and her friend Mike as they start to guess why they're neighbors are so weird. The two refer to them as "The Oldies," a term from Quinn's late father. Every morning the Oldie
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Lorien Lawrence is a writer and middle school English teacher from Connecticut. When she's not reading or writing, she can be found hunting ghosts with her family. THE STITCHERS is her debut novel.

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