Title: The Halloween Children
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This story needed to be one of two things; instead of straddling the middle.
- Either make it a 100 pg or less short story, change the title so it's not a dead giveaway of the ending and tighten it up.
- Make it a longer, more mind-bending book (200+ pgs) where there is much more emphasis on the children and expand the psychosis look at the family.
Instead this book is stuck in a space of not quite a short story but not really in-depth enough to be a novel. Unfortunately the title gives it all away. So that no matter how creepy or disturbing the lead-up is to the end (which is well put together) you already figured out 75% of the 'twist' of horror. This just makes it no fun to me.
It's an easy read, it does have some chilling moments but for the average horror reader I believe there is nothing here.
If you don't normally read horror then I think you'll quite enjoy it. And it's tame enough for non-horror readers to handle in my opinion.
Please note: I received an eARC of this book from qthe publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.