The House at the End of the Street by Lily Blake, is based on the screenplay of the same name, and is a short and fast paced novel, which will certainly appeal to fans of the horror genre.
After her parents divorce, 17-year-old Elissa and her Mother relocate from the big city to a small, quiet, country area with a dark history. Elissa has a complicated relationship with her Mother and spends a lot of time alone, that is until she befriends her new neighbour Ryan, the town loner, who still lives in the house where his sister brutally murdered their parents years earlier, before disappearing into the woods that surround the town, never to be seen again.
Ryan is largely disliked by the townsfolk who are frustrated because the old house is bringing down the property values of the town, but Elissa feels a kinship with him and they form a fast friendship, but before long, strange things start happening, and soon Elissa starts to wonder if Ryan’s sister is still out there somewhere, watching them, just waiting to strike again.
The book itself is quite short, only 200 pages, which makes for a nice fast read. It doesn’t take long to get into the action and there are quite a few good twists and turns as you progress through the fast paced story. One of the downsides of so few pages however, is that there isn’t really a lot of time to get into the specifics of the characters, which leaves some of their encounters feeling a little too simplistic and doesn’t allow for a lot of subtle foreshadowing to build the tension. Overall though this was a nice scary read. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre.
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