If you excuse the corneyism of this opening sentence, this book reads like a teenage horror fan's dream. Which as everyone knows, is a nighmare. *grins*
A battalion of boy scouts are given the luxury of a trip to an isolated island for a heightened "learning experience" but what they get out of the trip is way beyond everyone's expectations, including those of the reader.
The horror starts to unfold when the leader hears noises after sunset when the scouts are put to bed, knowing that they should be alone on the island. It turns out that the noises are caused by an emancipated looking individual who approaches the scouts dwelling as if he is about to expire from starvation. (Or he already has?) The leader takes pity on the "thing" given his humanitarian beliefs, and allows it to enter and eat at the hut.
What happens you will need to find out for yourself. *grins*
The writing from the author of thus work (Nick Cutter, which is not his real name) is perfectly balanced. It is not too wordy and the story moves along at a decent pace. Not too fast, and not too slow. Characterisation is excellent. Tension is set right up to maximum. Horror scenes are beautifully drawn and overall the tale itself is very frightening. Given the calibre of people who have supported this book, I am not surprised.
Four stars for this effort from me. Looking forward to reading more scary stuff from this author.
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (16 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501144820
- ISBN-13: 978-1501144820
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Customer Reviews: 807 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)