The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
“If you hunt for monsters, you will find them.”
Publisher’s Description: Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.
Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.
And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
Unfortunately I am going to start out with the dislikes here because they overpower what I thoroughly enjoyed about this book. I did not like Zoey’s character. Simply put, she is a Bitch (yes she deserves the capital B). She constantly puts down other people and is controlling. I also didn’t like how Stella just goes along with this behavior. To me, it seems like an unhealthy friendship. I also did not like that the middle of the book seems to stall. It goes from the mystery and creepiness to focus on Stella and Sam’s relationship and where it went wrong when they were younger. It takes away from the horror. I don’t want to give too much away here, but I also feel the ending would be better if it were a real monster and not evil humanity.
All of that aside I really like the dark atmosphere. I also liked the fact that Stella questions whether or not she is driving herself insane, whether or not these events are really happening. While I hated Zoey and thought Stella was ok, I loved Sam’s character. He seemed like a genuine down-to-earth guy and a saint for putting up with all of Stella’s crap throughout the years and still loving her. You also can’t go wrong with a book that uses the word “amazeballs” in its final sentences.
I give this book three skulls.
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