Fiction, Horror, Mystery/Thriller

Kayla reviews HANNAH-BEAST

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Summary from Goodreads:

The fate of a lonely girl becomes part of a town’s shameful secret history in Thriller Award winner Jennifer McMahon’s terrifying story of guilt, retribution, and one tragic Halloween night.

Thirty-four years ago, on October 31, poor Hannah Talbott took part in a scavenger hunt gone violently wrong. The mean girls made sure of it. To this day, for a haunted local mother, the most unsettling Halloween costume of all is an urban legend they call Hannah-Beast. It’s a reminder of the past she can’t forget. Especially tonight when it’s come back, so close to home.

My Take:

This was one of the many short stories I listened to while sick with Covid, and I’m happy to say that McMahon’s short fiction is as captivating as her novels. I was hooked from the opening lines and couldn’t stop until the spine-chilling ending.

If you have about an hour to kill, and you want to get your creep on, I couldn’t recommend this one more.

As with all of McMahon’s work, this is not a simple “scary story.” It deals with grief, guilt, and peer pressure in a way that I’ve only seen mastered by Stephen King before now.


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