- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Vesuvian Books (March 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1944109129
- ISBN-13: 978-1944109127
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this trilogy opener, a ruthless killer stalks the students of an elite performing arts school on a secluded island and ties each of their murders to a superstition. Layna Curtis, a scholarship student who never knew her parents, is at the heart of the deaths, as the killer picks off her friends one by one in increasingly gruesome ways. When Layna discovers that the events might be tied to the mystery surrounding her long-dead mother, she realizes that she's the final, ultimate target, and she must do whatever it takes to stay alive. Hutson, who's written extensively on films such as Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, creates a gore-filled, coincidence-heavy throwback to the classic teen slasher flick genre. A "gotcha!" ending sets things up for the next installment. Graphically detailed descriptions of people burning to death or being hacked to pieces make it clear that this work of horror isn't for the faint of heart. Ages 12 & up. (Mar.) Publishers Weekly
"Gr 9 up--Trask Academy, an elite arts academy for the uber-wealthy, hides a lot of secrets within its gilded walls ... gory but captivating ... a masked murderer starts picking off the teens, killing them all in theatrically grisly ways. Layna, a senior at Trask on a rare scholarship, tries to solve the mystery, but is terrified she might be at the center of it all. Nods to the original Nightmare on Elm Street film ... entertaining..." ~School Library Journal
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By: Thommy Hutson
I was asked by the author or publisher to give an honest review of this book.
I give this one 3.75 tiaras:
This book is a little bit of a horror book. It rather reminds me of a Halloween movie. This author is the person, who at one point wrote the Freddy Krueger character. If you like these kinds of books then this book is a great book.
This book is a constant murder mystery and in all honesty, I had it figured out before I got to the end.
That being said, I couldn’t put it down to see if I was right. I was constantly waiting to see, who the next victim was, what was going to happen next, and what the main character Layna was going to learn about herself.
Layna is a High School student with a group of friends at a special ELITE school for Arts . The school is on an island away from the rest of the world and all of its misgivings so that the students concentrate on their studies and talent. When Spring Break comes and her best friend, the Star of the school “commits suicide”, Layna is torn because she has lost a great friend, she feels guilty because they had discussed it the night before, and now she gets to Star in the big end of the year show.
However, when murders of her friends start to occur and a detective comes to the island, things start to come to light for Layna. She also realizes that her life has been a complete lie and her actual truths may be what is killing her friends and puts the killer after her. To make matters worse, her friends keep fighting and splitting up when she knows they need to stay together.
When Layna finally sees the killer’s creepy mask (the mask on the cover), it makes things even creepier being that it gives the Arts new meaning.
This book has a lot of violence, gore, and if you can’t stand or don’t like that kind of book it will not be good for you.
The book opened with a terrible tragedy and just spiraled from there. Hutson wastes no time giving us a creepy setting with a killer who has an unknown agenda and a bunch of teens caught in the middle. I found myself raging at the characters for making the classic horror film mistakes. However, just like every horror film that is true to the genre, this book was compelling and suspenseful. You know what's coming--or think you do--and there's always one more jump around the corner. It was truly well-written and the pacing was perfect. It took a bit to get into, but the last half of the book is an adrenaline rush as you form and discard theories on the killer--and I still wasn't able to fully put together the backstory until it was revealed.
The ending was exactly what it needed to be. I was mildly disappointed when I started reading the last chapter, but Hutson proved himself to be a master at misdirection and the ending fit the book perfectly. I really recommend this book for the horror lovers, but keep in mind that it is YA, and so there is a bit of teen angst.
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I enjoyed this book! It was a fun read for me. We start our with a bunch of seniors in an elite high school that have to be the best in what they do, to be...Read more