Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review: Red Rain by R. L. Stine

Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 384
Received: Borrowed from Christa @Hooked on Books

Release Date: October 09, 2012
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Goodreads Synopsis:

R.L. Stine, New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series—the biggest selling children’s books of all time—delivers a terrifying new adult horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.

Before there was J.K. Rowling, before there was Stephenie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable, he defined horror for a generation of young readers—readers who have now come of age.

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.

For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a must-read from a beloved master of the genre.

My Review:

Hearing about the famous R. L. Stine writing a book for adults made me jump for joy, I will always remember growing up reading Goosebumps (and watching the show) and being scared out of my mind by things (the creepy dummy that comes to life... right?!). I was a little nervous to see how the master of children's horror would translate to adults. Well, worry not readers! Stine has his way and definitely makes you shudder with this book.

Travel writer Lea Sutter is stuck on an island because of a hurricane, but this island has some interesting stories that go along with it. Right from the beginning you can tell that Stine has written a disturbing book, yet one that is a must-read.

The book starts off slowly but right away creepy things happen. Not everything about the book is something jumping out at you, Stine really gets into the story but describes the events with gruesome details. Right at the beginning there is a part that I could just hear it in my head and it was just shoulder-clenching. I found myself needing to put the book down quite a few times because I needed to get the picture out of my head before continuing on.

The kids in this book make me never want to trust young twin boys ever again, I never expected what came out of this book. The ending of the book really took me by surprise and was such a huge turn of events that I really don't know how to feel about it! Trust me when I say Stine has definitely made a story for those that were around for the original Goosebumps books, as we grew so did Stine and this book really shows it!


  1. Ooh, I might try this one out! I feel like I don't read enough horror, and R.L. Stine's always been a staple of the genre, so I'm happy to hear that this book was good. We should definitely discuss it more on Saturday!

  2. I'm so happy you liked this one as much as I did! It was definitely a creepy read and I know exactly what you meant when you said you had to put the book down sometimes. It still gives me the shivers when I think about those twins



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