Friday 6 June 2014

Say Her Name by James Dawson

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Drip, drip, drip.
Drip, drip, drip.
Drip, drip, drip.
This was really starting to get on her nerves. Taylor Keane tightened the kitchen tap with all her might, even using a tea towel to gain a better grip, but the relentless dripping continued.  Where was it coming from?
Published 5th June 2014 by Hot Key Books
Pages – 304
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...
Well! Mr Dawson has shown a another side to his prose! And by golly it’s scary!  I knew this book might make me feel a little uneasy, but I wasn’t expecting it to make me desperate for a roommate when I stayed on a writing retreat two days after. In the middle of the night, I was woken by a dripping noise which I actually couldn’t find and spend the rest of the night with the light on. I blame James Dawson completely.
I loved the plot of this book. It has me on the edge of  my seat, holding my breath, with one eye furtively glancing over my shoulder to make sure I was mistaken by the shadow I saw creeping over the mirror.  This book gives a modern twist on a well known urban legend, that many kids over the years have tried out. Not so sure they will be as many volunteers willing to  give it a go after reading this. Bloody Mary reminded me of the  evil character from The Ring, so she only heightened my nightmares while reading this book. She was definitely one of the creepiest characters I’ve come across in a long time.
The characters were strong and their fear really flew off the page. With the imminent threat of something nasty occurring within five days; the pace really was a race against time. I liked the sub plot which centred around the budding relationship between Bobbie and Caine. They were really sweet together, especially as Caine was first portrayed as a bit of a lad.
I love the way James Dawson writes. With each storyline he delivers, he just gets better and better. I honestly didn’t think he could top Cruel Summer, and yet he does.
If you loved the Point Horror books, or grew up enjoying horror legends such as Richard Laymon, then this book  really is for you.  A sensational, super scary spine-chiller that will  make you sleep with the light on!

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