What a CREEPY little book! It’s not for everyone, naturally, since it’s about a bunch (five, to be exact) of kids who tie up their babysitter and torture her. Yep, just because they can.
At times, it was tough to keep going – not because the tale itself is brutal or crazy or creepy (I often read that kind of stuff, after all) – but because of the punctilious and antiquated narrative accompanying the action. However, I think that actually helps create the haunting atmosphere.
Ultimately, this twisted little story keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see if it will take *that step* and *do that deed* … it engages both senses and ideas in a way that’s uncommon and inward-looking while cultivating sincere empathy. That’s quite a feat.
In these times of daily horrible news stories, maybe everyone should read something like this, which depicts so vividly what goes on under the surface. It’s about a mundane place and average people, all of which could be in our own backyards. In that way, it really is more terrifying than Lord of the Flies and The Exorcist combined, as the jacket claims.