- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: William Castle Production (September 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780578092775
- ISBN-13: 978-0578092775
- ASIN: 0578092778
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,973,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FearMaker: Family Matters Paperback – September 21, 2011
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Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Terry Castle
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Twelve-year-old Adam Castle has a secret, one he can hardly believe himself had he not heard the words straight from his parents mouths. The secret? His father is a cold blooded psychopathic murderer. And he seemed so nice. But what to do? Could it really be? Adam goes on a quest to confirm the awful suspicion he has, but after intercepting a package for his father - one with a cutoff toe inside - he is certain. Armed with his friend and video camera in hand to document his findings, Adam goes on a quest to save the next victim who just happens to be the cutest girl in school. But will his parents learn he knows their secret before he can save her?
Terry Castle's "Fearmaker" is a deviously clever novel. It quickly sucks in the reader into a world of a twelve year old boy and any reluctant reader of similar age will easily become absorbed in the engaging story line. The book is, however, fairly gruesome in its descriptions though not necessarily over the top. None-the-less, parents may wish to read this book first before letting their kids jump in. If you do, read all the way through before making any judgements. And without giving the plot away, things work out in the end making this much less macabre than I thought it was going to be (which is why it is deviously clever!).
Castle is the real life daughter of horror film maker William Castle and it is easy to see where her inspiration comes from. Is this really fiction or was life at the Castle household a little like this? One can only wonder!
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.
The story revolves around 12 year old Adam Castle's discovery that his parents are involved in a plot to kidnap and kill pretty little Jennifer Isles, Adam's classmate and secret crush. Adam vows that he will not let Jennifer die, and the story follows Adam through the environs of Hollywood as he sets out to be her knight in shining armor. Adam enlists the help of his friend Julian, and even gets his annoying little sisters involved in his race against the clock. The story takes Adam and his cohorts on a roller coaster ride of terror.
Visits to the cemetary, a spooky old house, text messages from a mysterious sender accompanied by the smell of cigar smoke, and encounters with characters with uncertain motives give Family Matters both a William Castle and Alfred Hitchcock feel that William Castle fans will feel very nostalgic about. Those who aren't familiar with Castle will settle in with this quite comfortably as well. Young people will enjoy this novel, while wishing they could share Adam's adventure. Older readers will find themselves drawn back into their youth, as I did, and find themselves thinking of the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, although a little bit scarier. Maybe a collaboration between Mark Twain and Stephen King?
There is a little gore, and even a dismembered corpse, but nothing to make the reader feel overwhelmed, even those who might be squeamish. Overall, this a fun ride for all ages, and a great first novel from Terry Castle. While Terry keeps her father's memory alive for his fans with this book, she will be gaining new fans of her own with this offering. I can't wait for the next volume in the story.
The tale is told in first person narrative through the eyes of 12 year old Adam Castle. He, and his faithful cohort Julian, try to thwart a nefarious murder of a girl who also happens to be Adam's first big crush. What makes matters even worse is that the killers are none other than Clayton and Anne Castle - Adam's parents! Adam and Julian, armed with video cameras, set out to rescue the girl and save the day - but at what cost?
The narrative is enthralling from the first page, taking you into the story through Adam's eyes. It is masterfully crafted and will have you guessing up until the very end. Gruesome? Yes. Heinous? Yes. Deliciously so. Very entertaining and definitely something that can really engage even the most reluctant readers.
I look forward to reading more in this series. I am also very pleased that Terry has picked up where her father has left off with terrifying storytelling. He would be very proud of her wonderful craftsmanship.
The dedication that mentions " horror running through the veins" is certainly a trait in that Castle family. Well done Terry, can't wait for the next one!!