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2016 Kindle Scout Winner
The last thing Kaylee wants to do is participate in a childish scavenger hunt – especially inside the abandoned retirement home on the edge of town. When she finds a bruised, deaf boy hiding inside one of the rooms, she vows to lead him to safety . . . only to discover the front doors are now padlocked, and her friends are nowhere to be found. Kaylee is about to learn that not everything that goes ‘bump in the night’ is imaginary, and sometimes there are worse things to fear than ghosts<
A bunch of teenagers are forced together to do a scavenger hunt in an abandoned building. This book was supposed to be angst-ridden and suspenseful but it missed the mark for me. If it were a movie, I probably would have missed half of it because I would be hiding behind a pillow but a book is quite different. There were the same attempts to surprise us as in movies, but I didn’t feel the thrill or adrenaline pumping as they went back and forth (and back and forth again) between different rooms and floors, always leaving someone from their little group behind to go into other rooms.
Kaylee and her friends find a little boy and soon they are being chased, threatened and put in danger by some old man who is staying with him, who acts unloving towards the boy and seems very dangerous. The focus is not so much on the why and who of these two but on the action and suspense. Unfortunately, the mystery of the little boy and the man was what I was most attracted to. If the novel would have been in a different setting, only focusing on that, I would have probably loved it. Now their background story and reason to be there is subsidiary and seems like an afterthought, while it was really interesting when it all came out. That part should have been developed even more if it were up to me. I can recommend this book maybe more to people who like to go into horror houses at fairs or have a lot of imagination in general.
I received a free copy of this book through the Kindle Scout program.