The author of Horrostor has a new novel out this week, and it’s a scream.
Abby is a bit of a loner as a child, until Gretchen shows up. Abby and Gretchen grow up inseparable, and are enjoying their high school years, until the fateful night they get together with two of their others friends and decide to do LSD. The LSD doesn’t really work, but Gretchen gets lost in the woods, and when they find her, she’s different. Changed. Not herself. Something happened to Gretchen in the woods, something evil, and as her behavior grows increasingly erratic and worrisome, Abby knows that she’s the only one who can save her best friend.
Things get creepy quick, and I love it. Grady Hendrix has a disturbing mind. I think that My Best Friend’s Exorcism was probably better than Horrorstor – better written, and stronger on the spooky factor. The hardcover is supposed to be kind of yearbook-esque (similar to how Horrostor was almost like an IKEA manual), but it’s mostly on the insides of the cover – there are scribbles from people “signing” the yearbook. That would’ve carried over a little better maybe with pseudo-yearbook pages sprinkled in between the chapters or something, but there’s so much teenage drama and angst that the high school nostalgia comes back pretty easily.
If you liked Horrostor, you’re really going to dig this one. Personally I like to save my creepy reads for the fall, but maybe it’s the perfect gift for a high school student whose summer vacation is almost here. Or really, for anyone who wants to get some chills down their spine while reading on the beach.