You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile--always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet--and inspired more than one copycat.
Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree--and his victim--were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and senile, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.
It's not long before things start to go wrong. Reading the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. His mother is distressed, insistent that there's something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.
It wasn't just the murder.
It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again...
★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★
I couldn't wait to jump into this book. Last year's book by this author was one of my favorite books of the year. I went into this one really hoping for another bone-chilling read!
This book is side-connected to the author's previous book, The Whisper Man. You do NOT have to read The Whisper Man to read this one though. The town for the previous book does hold a significance to this story. If you read this book first, you will end up wanting to read the other just off the pieces that are given in this book.
The only let down for me in this book was that it wasn't so much of a horror like the previous book. I wish it had been more scary. I really wanted the creep factor. It definitely wasn't as strong in this book.
There are a couple of mysteries in this one. They are connected, yet standalone mysteries. Okay, they're totally connected. They just felt separate at times. I was wholly immersed in getting all of the answers to this book. I can say I put the pieces together later in the book. This left me feeling satisfied. I get a little let down when I figure stuff out too soon.
Overall, this book is definitely on the must-read list. For all of you thriller junkies, this one will definitely be one you don't want to miss.