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…
This book has been on my list for a while now, and once I finally sat down to read it, I couldn’t stop. Not only is it uniquely spooky with its take on lucid dreaming, but it’s also hauntingly realistic when it comes to character development.
For those of you who don’t know, I read and write thrillers. For that reason, it’s rare that a book catches me off guard and actually surprises me. This one did!
Paul Adams is a tortured character who can’t seem to escape his past no matter how hard he tries. His past, however, is not a clear-cut as you think it is.
I strongly suggest you check this one out if you like to be surprised.