Friday 6 May 2016

RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE by Laurie Faria Stolarz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the first Dark House book, so when the library got this in for me, I couldn't wait to read it.

Two months have passed since Ivy survived the nightmarish events that the Nightmare Elf put her and a bunch of other essay winners through. Now she's in the hospital, still unable to forget about the other kids--especially Parker. She believes they're still alive and constantly hounds Detective Thomas because he won't take her seriously and keeps dismissing her theories.

So she decides to behave, and when she's released she gets a job doing something she loves. She takes her medication and pretends everything is okay. But things won't be okay until the killer is caught.

When she receives a weird video and gets in touch with the only other survivor, Ivy is determined to face the killer ruining her life. And that leads her to the abandoned August Preparatory School...

Man, I really enjoyed this book! It's nothing like the first one in terms of story, because it takes a whole new direction, but the spooky factor is still TOTALLY there.

It was so good to see how much Ivy had changed. Even though she couldn't let go of what happened, and was pretty much obsessed with the kids 'killed' at the Dark House, she was stronger. In this installment, Ivy is more convinced than ever that her paranoia about being watched is justified.

Getting some background into the killer's childhood was eerie. And I really liked Taylor. She was funny and interesting, and just as flawed as all the other characters.

Oh, and the last half of the book (especially everything that happens in that freaky school) is amazing. So creepy and fast-paced, the tension totally shredded my nerves. Love that. Awesome!

I'm glad a lot of answers were provided, but I really hope that there'll be another book to answer the rest.

After two failed attempts at reading what I hoped would be horrorish stories, this one didn't let me down. :)

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