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Killing Sound – Paul Southern

Title: Killing Sound
Author: Paul Southern
Published by: Chicken House

Publication date: 2014
Pages: 317
Genres: Horror; Young Adult; Supernatural; Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

7/10

 

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When Jodie was little, she saw something terrifying – something she’s blocked from her mind. But now it’s coming back to her – a sound only she can hear. A sound more chilling than human screams. What happened that night will not stay silent for long…

 

I don’t read a lot of horror/supernatural books, mainly because I find them very fake and poorly written, however this book is definitely the exception. From the very first page, Southern sets tense, creepy atmosphere, setting the scene for later on in the novel. For the next 300 pages, Paul takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions following the main character Jodie and her best friend Luca who set out to find out what actually happened the night her parents were killed.

I loved this book right up until I reached the last chapter and the epilogue, at which point I felt a little cheated and disappointed. I still had many questions and I felt that it ended on a slight cliff hanger which, considering I cannot find any talk of a sequel, I feel is sorely disappointing considering I was going to give this book a solid 9/10. The ending really did spoil the whole atmosphere and plot of Killing Sound and left me feeling a bit sad that a proper ending had not been constructed.

Nevertheless, I would still highly recommend this book if you are able to look past the cliff hanger ending, as the rest of the novel holds high merits.

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Messenger of Fear, Messenger of Fear Series, Book 1

10/10

 Messenger of Fear

Synopsis

He is the messenger. He offers you a game. Play or Pay. “Who are you?” That was the first question I asked the boy in front of me. The pale, solemn young man in the black coat with small silver skulls for buttons. But he didn’t answer it. Instead he answered the question I never asked, but which was nevertheless what I really wanted to know. Am I dead? No. Not dead, he told me. But surely not quite alive, either. How could I be? I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, still shuddering at the memory of the creeping yellow mist that had awoken me in that strange silent land, I could recall nothing else about myself. And then the games began.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

When Mara wakes up in a land that seems to be full of a yellow mist, she doesn’t know where she is, who she is, even what her name is. Her memories appear to have vanished and she knows nothing of who she was before she awoke in the mist. Then she meets the ‘Messenger of Fear’ who slowly begins to tell her who she is and why she is there.

This book was absolutely amazing! I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t stop reading until I finished it a day after starting it! I loved Michael Grant’s ‘Gone’ series, so I had high hopes for this book. I have to say, this book outshone the entire of the ‘Gone’ series. It was full of messages about anti-bullying and making the right decisions in life and the punishments that are given out by the Messenger of Fear are a metaphor for the consequences that can happen as a result of the bad choices that you make.

It was an incredibly thought provoking book with well-developed characters and a rounded plot. This could have worked as a singular novel, but I’m pleased to discover that there are more to the Messenger of Fear series, as I loved it that much!

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Haunt #1: Dead Scared – Jobling, Curtis

9/10

Haunt Dead Scared

Synopsis

So you’re dead, but here you are, watching your own funeral, eavesdropping on your family’s secrets, hanging around… only your best friend can see and hear you. Only he can help you find out why you haven’t departed. Is it because of that first kiss with Lucy Carpenter, or the driver of the car that killed you? Maybe another ghost will know, so let’s try the haunted house…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I enjoyed this book immensely; the characters were expertly developed allowing the reader to empathise with each characters’ dilemmas, creating an exciting and intense story. This book explores Will’s life as a ghost and attempts to answer questions as to why he hasn’t ‘moved on’ to a different life. At the end of the book, Will and Dougie help another ghost to move on, but they still are unsure as to why Will hasn’t moved on. I can’t wait to read the second book to find out more about Will’s predicament.

There is slight humour throughout the book which, despite the morbid topic, makes the book more enjoyable for the reader. I felt that this book was an accurate portrayal of the feelings that those close to someone who has died, would feel which made the book all the more realistic and interesting to read.

My only criticism would be that it was a bit slow moving in places when there wasn’t any action going on, which was particularly relevant near the beginning. But overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it to young teens.

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