Title: Red Rain
Author: R.L. Stine
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Source: Publisher Provided
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Before there was J. K. Rowling, before there was Stephenie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable, his books defined horror for a generation of young readers— readers who have now come of age. In Red Rain, Stine uses his unerring knack for creating terror to tap into some very grownup fears. Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.
In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys—twins. Filled with a desire to do something to help, to make something good of all she witnessed, Lea impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark, a child psychologist, and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.
For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a must-read from a beloved master of the genre.
This was one of the most highly anticipated books of the fall for me, and it ended up being one of the biggest disappointments of the year.
It took me weeks to finish this one. It was never one of those books that I found myself wanting to pick up and finish. It was creepy, but not in a good way. Honestly, the twin characters were creepy. And really annoying. Their speech made me cringe (they constantly said “bruvver” instead of “brother”). They were predictable and banal. There was absolutely zero character development or world building over the course of the novel. I never became invested in any of the characters. Not even Mark Sutter – the man who was being framed.
There really was no “aha!” moment or twist in the plot. It was pretty straight forward and it was known who the murderers were and what the supernatural bent was pretty early on. A twist was attempted at the very end, but it was poorly executed (as was the whole of the book).
As Stine’s second adult fiction novel, I think Red Rain proves that he should stick with writing for younger audiences.
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