Book Review: Silent Night
Good Evening Christmas Scream Queens,
Everyone loves Christmas, right? I certainly do, but I didn’t want to read anything especially cozy. I wanted a twisted Christmas-themed book to curl up to with a healthy dose of chills and thrills.
Believe me, it was hard to settle on something, and I’ve made a mental note to contemplate writing my own scary Christmas story in the future. There’s simply not enough around that are truly intriguing.
That being said, my Christmas read was Silent Night by R.L. Stine.
I grew up reading R.L. Stine’s series Goosebumps, but I wasn’t ready to start re-reading those (It’s a HUGE series), so I settled on one of the Fear Street ones.
Let’s get into this holiday horror, shall we?
Welcome to Fear Street.
Don’t listen to the stories they tell you about Fear Street. Wouldn’t you rather explore it yourself…and see if its dark terrors and unexplained mysteries are true? You’re not afraid, are you?
Don’t open that present!
If only Reva Dalby had listened to that warning.
But beautiful, cold Reva won’t listen to anyone. Reva thinks she can have whatever—and whoever—she wants. After all, her daddy owns Dalby Department Stores.
Now, someone has some surprises instore for her. Robbery? Terror? Even murder? Someone wants to treat Reva to a holiday she’ll never forget.
Holiday cheer quickly turns to holiday chills for Reva. Someone is stalking her, someone is trying to get to her.
Her money can’t help her. No one can.
After all, who can you turn to when murder comes gift-wrapped?
I gave this book four creepy Christmas stars!
Reva’s life has been drastically changed since her mother died. Luckily, the holidays are always easy money thanks to her dad, who owns Dalby Department Stores.
Avoiding any semblance of real work while working seasonally and avoiding others as much as possible, Reva is surprised when a series of cruel pranks imply that someone has been watching her, and they don’t like what they see.
Can Reva figure out who is messing with her, or does this sinister person have far darker intentions they intend on carrying out?
This book was a lot of fun! I really like the YA genre because you can just blaze through books so quickly, and with Christmas recently having come and gone, this was the perfect book to nestle up with.
The characters in this book were pretty good. Reva is selfish, cruel, and always gets her way. It’s very easy to see how she deserves some of her own medicine. Her cousin Pam also plays a major part in this book and she was quite the opposite, humble and kind.
I will say, both of their characters were exaggerated a bit too much for my liking. Reva was a little too cruel, and it made me wonder why it took so long for someone to call her out on her terrible behavior. Pam tended to go along with what was happening a bit much, but I do know some people like this in real life.
Overall the plot was intriguing yet simple at the same time. Who is performing these cruel pranks on Reva? It’s a classic whodunit situation, and I really enjoyed that. The book didn’t try to be more than what it was, and I appreciate that.
Though the chills and thrills weren’t really all that terrifying to me, I can see how this book might freak out a younger audience, especially those who may be a little squeamish.
All in all, this book was the perfect creepy Christmas-themed read that I needed. Definitely looking forward to re-reading some more great R.L. Stine novels!
That’s a Wrap!
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