Title: The Halloween Children
Author(s): Brian James Freeman, Norman Prentiss
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Hydra
Date of publication: June 13th, 2017
Number of pages: 189
POV: Alternating 1st person and 3rd person
Where you can find The Halloween Children: Amazon
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
The Halloween Children are watching—they’re always watching in this chilling novel of suburban horror from Bram Stoker Award winner Norman Prentiss and Brian James Freeman of Cemetery Dance Publications.
The accommodations at Stillbrook Apartments aren’t exactly glamorous, but they’re quiet, affordable, and well maintained. The handyman is usually available to help with a leak or a broken bulb, his wife and two adorable kids often tagging along. When occasion dictates, the neighbors gather to wish each other well and spread the requisite holiday cheer. Everything’s very nice. Very normal.
But as Halloween approaches, strange occurrences are happening all around Stillbrook. The children tell disturbing stories, bizarre noises bleed through the walls, and one abandoned unit is found to be inhabited by something sinister—something that’s no longer alive.
For the safety of the tenants, the Halloween party has been canceled. There will be no decorations or masks, no candied apples or witch’s brew. But without treats to divert the Halloween Children, they have no choice but to play some very nasty tricks.
The Halloween Children left me going “What happened that night” after I read it. I am not one to spook when reading horror books unless they are about zombies and then forget it, but this one had me jumping at the house settling, BK snoring and my cats being kitty brats. The book is told from Harris and Lynn’s point of view with some chapters being told from the investigator’s and honestly, that is what made the creepiness factor go way up.
I was genuinely creeped out from the first chapter when the investigator was speaking to Harris about what exactly happened that night. There is plenty of foreshadowing but it isn’t until the very last chapters when it is revealed who did what. Now, I know that the kids were involved but I really wasn’t expecting….well you need to read the book.
I really can’t get into the story, as much as I want to, because if I do I will unintentionally give away some of the plot. Let’s just say that everything that you read up until the end of the book is not what you think. Because I was very surprised when certain facts were revealed. And honestly, it made the creepiness factor of the book go up.
Now I know that this is a short review but like I said in the previous paragraph, I can’t really write about what happened. You really need to go read the book!!
How many stars will I give The Halloween Children: 4
Why: Creepy book that kept me up at night. There is a twist in the plot that I didn’t see coming at the end and it made the book even creepier.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Violence and language
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**