Monday, 7 July 2014

Review: Say Her Name by James Dawson.


Book: Say Her Name

Author: James Dawson

Pages: 248

Read On: My iPad

How Long It Took Me To Read: 2 hours (I was hooked!!!)

Plot Summary: Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror... five days... but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before.

Things I Liked: 

1. 248 pages is a great length for a horror book. It moved fast and didn't loose pace for a second. I couldn't put this book down. I kept turning the pages and read this book in one sitting. 

2. The setting of this book was perfect- a British boarding school is my favourite sorta setting. I guess because it reminds of some of my favourite books from my childhood. But generally boarding school books are brilliant. 

3. This was a typical horror book, old-fashioned, creepy and scary. It was lovely. 

4. The characters in this book were well-written and even the short length of the book didn't deter character development. 

5. The investigation Bobbie, Caine and Nava undertake is realistic and fairly sensible given the constraints that they have. 

6. The end reveal was not disappointing as well. There was a neat twist as well. 

There was nothing worth disliking in this book. It is a nice, fast-paced, horror-thriller and makes for a good rainy night read. 

Rating: 4/5 

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