Pull the cover over your body, don’t hang any body parts over the edge of the bed and keep your eyes shut tight. If you do that, everything will be okay. I like the way the main character, Cain, in Sarah thinks because I still hold these rules to be unbreakable even in my adult years. Honestly, who knows who or what hides in our houses during the day and night? Do we truly know the histories and stories that have gone down in our personal places of residence? Cain Shannon was finding out and not in the way he wanted to.
After his mom, sister and he moved into their new home, strange things start to occur in Cain’s upstairs bedroom. The attic access door, located in his room, kept coming open by happenstance. No wonder his realtor mom was able to get such a good deal on the house, what with faulting doors, cold, freezing drafts coming in during the heat of summer. Builder error, right?
Cain, his best friend Finn and possible love interest, Lindsey find out that the Shannon house holds much more than bad structural mishaps, it contains a bad spirit of a female who claims she was violently murdered. Now, when I say bad spirit, I don’t mean some paranormal chick that throws things, scares them with tactics of scratching and such, I mean really bad things go down with this apparition. I guess I should use the word evil, but I don’t even know if that goes far enough to describe Sarah. She’s demented.
We learn about the passing of Sarah, how her spirit got into the house and what goes on from there is truly terrifying. Teri Polen reaches deep into the psyche of the horror fan and pulls out what we are all afraid of. Ya, we’re all scared of something. Sarah finds out what Cain is afraid of and uses it in a horrific way. I could see, smell and taste the death coming from the descriptions in the book. It was petrifying and painful to read at certain periods. I had to put the book away a multitude of times and vow to read it the next morning while the sun was out so I didn’t have to worry about the night time “cover and keep my hands, feet and body inside the confines of the bed at all times” rule. What, I had to keep reading! The storyline was amazing, just really morbid at points with Sarah and I loved it.
I enjoy scary, psychological reads and this is for sure one of them that both young adults and not so young adults will both enjoy. The characters catch you by surprise as they develop throughout the plot into something totally unexpected. Sarah, oh Sarah. I did not see her becoming what she became. Not only that, but the twist at the very ending epilogue left me choked up and scared for the characters even more. What were you thinking Teri? It was brilliant and cruel all at the same time. The book was a rush and is one I will for sure be reading again.
My first scary movie was the ET and Friday the 13th Part III double feature in 1982. I was way too young for scary movies, but I watched anyway and became hooked. After all, how bad could a movie be called Friday the 13th when I was born on a Friday the 13th, right? I then progressed on to other scary movies and then when I could finally read, I read as much Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Stories To Tell In the Dark as my little nine-year-old reading ability could comprehend.
I was so glad I got to meet Teri at the Sothern Kentucky Book Festival this year. She and I have a lot in common as far as likes go. This is how I find some of my favorite authors, books, and friends. If you can find a book fest near you, go and meet up with these authors. It really gives one a sense of who they are and helps you know the book better too I believe.
I’ll be doing a video interview with Teri next month so, be looking forward to that. If you have questions, feel free to post them below and I’ll ask her. Again, get Sarah. I will say to you what she signed in my book, “Sleep with the lights on.” Good advice!
Several years back, a friend told me I should read the Harry Potter series – I think the third one was out by then. I laughed, saying they were for kids, but she convinced me to give them a try, and for that, I’ll always be thankful. Reading YA opened up a whole new world for me, and I haven’t looked back.
Some of my favorite things in life are books (no romance), music (preferably alt/rock and absolutely no country), movies (rarely chick flicks), red wine (no merlot) and dark chocolate (please don’t add any fruit to what is already perfection). On the flip side of that, I strongly dislike the color pink and loathe shopping – unless it’s in a bookstore or someplace I can buy movies, music, wine, or chocolate. That being said, it’s pretty evident why my female friends think I’m a little strange.
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