Books | Fiction / Horror
Instant New York Times BestsellerOne of Fall 2019's Best Books (People, EW, Lithub, Vox, Washington Post, and more)A young boy is haunted by a voice in his head in this acclaimed epic of literary horror from the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.Christopher is seven years old.Christopher is the new kid in town.Christopher has an imaginary friend.We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. for six long days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.Twenty years ago, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower made readers everywhere feel infinite. Now, Chbosky has returned with an epic work of literary horror, years in the making, whose grand scale and rich emotion redefine the genre. Read it with the lights on.
Grand Central Publishing
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"4.5/5 I don’t think this is gonna be everyone’s cup of tea with the way the story plays out and ends up but I absolutely loved it the commentary on this one is on point and it’s one I don’t usually enjoy in books but this one did it so right this is one of those if you get it you get it if you don’t you don’t lol I can’t say much else without spoilers this does have it’s fair share of spookyness I read this at night a few times and felt more spooked overall the atmosphere feels vary stranger things vibes with a little IT vibes it is a pretty lengthy book and did get repetitive at times but i enjoyed this read for the spooky season "
"It was a good read, very exciting, and I think this would make a great TV series. The thing that stuck out to me was Mary Katherine. I love how even in all that chaos and mess, she still believed that God was good. I love how her faith was the driving force behind her character development. "
"I came back to write an updated review now that I’ve finished the book completely. Buy it, read it, please. You won’t regret it. I’ll admit this is the first horror book I’ve read, but it’s opened a whole new genre for me. It literally sucked me in from the first chapter, till the end. And this book is THICK. Totally worth every word. I don’t want to spoil it but there we’re chapters that were so mindfucking that I literally had to stop reading and process. I was so disgusted at points, I didn’t"
"The first 2/3rds of this book was fantastic. I read through it so quickly. Great concept. Sense of thrill and a need to known happens next... I made it to the last section and BOOM I hit a brick wall. Ugh, it dragged. It felt like useless storytelling that could have been wrapped up 200 pages sooner. I was so disappointed because it started so great. 😪 "