A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight.
Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.
ReadingNook Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I read this book right around Halloween time and it was a perfect book to read, its creepy and frightening and kept me flipping through the pages!
The Main Character Caleb recieves a disturbing letter from a girl that was part of his past, and it haunts him so much he decides that instead of going to Africa after high school like he planned he's going to go to his hometown, and visit his Dad who he hasen't seen in years, and see whats going on with his friend Christine. Arriving at his old hometown is not what Caleb could have imagined in his wildest dreams. His fathers house is abandoned but with all his belongings inside, and there's a creepy presence not only in his fathers house, but also in the whole town.
This book is filled with witches, a more sinister verision of sleepwalkers, magic, evil, and a writing style that will make your palms sweat, and entice you to keep turning the pages. J. Gabriel Gates draws you in with this creepy story, and I loved it. I've never read anything like it, and it was a perfect Halloween read. If you like suspense and being frightened by a book, be sure to pick this one up!!