When Lea Sutter adopts two orphan hurricane survivors, she unwittingly brings evil into her home, in the terrifying new horror novel from R.L. Stine. 'A slam-bang, stay-up-all-night, leave the lights on thriller' - Harlan Coben
R.L. Stine is the author of the multi-million-selling Goosebumps and Fear Street series. He has written over 300 titles, and sold over 400 million books, making him one of the bestselling children's authors of all time. A TV version of Goosebumps was the number one kids' show in the US for three years running. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and their dog, Minnie.
Goosebumps YA series creator Stine fails to compel in his first horror novel for adults. After a destructive hurricane, travel blogger Lea Sutter encounters homeless 12-year-old "twin angels" Daniel and Samuel on a South Carolina island and brings them home to Long Island. Stine quickly immerses the family in tension and horror as the boys' presence and supernatural abilities provoke conflict in Lea's family. Although Stine makes the twins' malicious intentions very clear, most of the adults seem astonishingly oblivious. Lea's husband's assurances to their children ("We're all safe here. You don't have to be scared") ring hollow as the twins pursue their dark goals. Lea, whose devotion to Daniel and Samuel is described as "love at first sight," becomes increasingly protective of them and immersed in nightmares of her island experiences. A predictable and disappointing conclusion is upended by a final tantalizing image that feels like a movie-viewer's reward for sitting through interminable credits. Agent: Andrew Gulli. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Red Rain is a slam-bang, stay-up-all-night, leave-the-lights-on thriller. R.L. Stine has scared out kids for years. Now it's our turn ..." -- Harlan Coben "Leave the lights on and the door locked. Red Rain will put goosebumps on even the toughest adult." Kathy Reichs "This is the moment I've been terrified of - when R. L. Stine decided he wasn't just going to scare children, but that he would focus his power on frightening the rest of us. Ready to be haunted by the master? Red Rain proves he's got nightmares for us all" Brad Meltzer "There's simply no need to frighten somebody that much. But what else should we expect from the undisputed master of fear? A dark, all-too-real tale that brings the unimaginable to life" Steve Berry
Best known for his popular novels for children and young adults ("Goosebumps" and "Fear Street" series), Stine is back with his fourth adult novel (Superstitious; The Sitter; Eye Candy). Visiting a remote island off the South Carolina coast, travel blogger Lea Sutter witnesses a mysterious ritual thought to bring back the dead. Soon after, a devastating hurricane ravages the island. Among the few survivors, Lea finds orphaned twin boys and adopts them. Back home on Long Island, Lea's husband, Mark, and their two biological children are apprehensive about the mysterious boys. Soon a murder occurs. And then another. VERDICT Brutal and gory, with graphic language and adult content, the novel features a simple and direct style that allows the reader to visualize the action. While the subject of evil children isn't new in the horror genre, Stine's story is a creepy, fun read. Recommended for original admirers of his teen and children's books as well as fans of horror fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 7/1/12.]-Carolann Curry, Mercer Univ. Medical Lib., Macon, GA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.