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Red Rain: A Novel by [Stine, R.L.]
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Stine, the wildly popular author of the Goosebumps series for children, proves he’s also capable of scaring the willies out of adults. This is a dark, atmospheric, spine-chilling story of a husband and wife who adopt a pair of homeless twin brothers—their family was apparently killed in a fearsome hurricane—and find their lives turned upside down, as the husband is inexplicably accused of murder. And that’s just the beginning of the horror. The novel owes a debt (which Stine acknowledges) to such vintage horror movies as Children of the Damned—movies that feature “disgustingly evil children”—but it’s by no means a simple rehash of familiar material. Stine has a freshly terrifying story to tell, and he tells it with gusto, ratcheting up the chills until we’re frozen in our chairs. Parents, be warned: this is emphatically not for younger readers. --David Pitt

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“Stine has a freshly terrifying story to tell, and he tells it with gusto, ratcheting up the chills until we’re frozen in our chairs. Parents, be warned: this is emphatically not for younger readers.” (Booklist)

“It's a page turner until the end, with short chapters that help increase the pace. Stine enjoys himself writing not for kids but about them.” (Associated Press)

“Stine’s story is a creepy, fun read.…" (Library Journal)

“With this brilliantly written novel "Red Rain", Stine proves that he definitely has it in him to challenge the greats in the Thriller/Horror genre ... think Dean Koontz, Douglas Preston, Harlan Coben and then amp-it-up by a hundred!” (MysteryNet.com)

Product Details

  • File Size: 2976 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reissue edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EDOT6W
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
The pop culture reference above has probably already alerted you to the fact that I'm a good decade older than the kids who grew up reading R.L. Stine--which is not to say that I haven't read his kid lit. I'm that kind of adult. And let me put out there that I have nothing but respect for this talented author, so youthful Stine fans, please don't beat me up for the following review. Yes, it's critical, but I'll support my criticism.

Stine's latest foray into writing for adults is of limited success. First, a brief synopsis: After a prologue, we follow the exploits of "adventure travel blogger" Lea Harmon Sutton as she visits the mysterious Cape Le Chat Noir off the coast of South Carolina. It's a beautiful part of the country, but apparently no one visits due to the island's spooky reputation. Says Lea in a blog post:

"I've saved the best (or worst) for last. Here's the most interesting historical detail--and it's definitely creepy. Especially with frightening forecasts of a big hurricane heading this way. I don't want to talk about the hurricane now. I'm pretending it's not going to happen.

You see, Le Chat Noir was devastated by one of the most powerful storms in hurricane history. It was the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. And I have every finger crossed that history is not going to repeat itself now."

Okay, we're going to return and look at the quote above more closely in a minute, but for now we'll move on. In short, you'll be shocked to learn that the hurricane hits. At this point, we are introduced to Lea's husband Mark, a child psychologist who is just wrapping up the book tour for his best-selling (if controversial) book about child rearing. He gets a panicked call from Lea in the hurricane while he's on stage at a book signing.
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As many others who have read this book, I've been an R.L. Stine fan since I was a child. I loved his Fear Street books and I have also enjoyed the few other adult books he has written. Red Rain, however, was a terrible read for me. I was able to guess the outcome of the book from extremely early on and there were no "chilling" or suspenseful scenes for me. The book had very slow parts and I found myself wanting to skip pages toward the end. As someone else stated in a review here, this is like a Goosebumps book but with bad language and a couple very tame sex scenes. I will not recommend this book to anyone. I do hope Stine continues to write adult novels, however I wish him better luck next time.
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This book was written so much like the books I read growing up. RL Stine did not write an adult book. He took a kids book and just added sex scenes. Horrible, Horrible read & a waste of money!
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Format: Hardcover
When I found out about this book, I was really excited about it. I had loved R.L. Stine books when I was younger, and I have found that I really missed those books. While I still get enjoyment out of the Goosebumps books, I find that I was longing for an adult version of them; a good creepy read with some twists and turns along the way. The book "Red Rain" satisfies this desire! I do admit there were some gaping plot holes, especially when it came to how someone could had been accused of doing something that they clearly had no time to do it in and any competent investigator would have realized it, but these are minor in the grand scheme of this book. It is very entertaining! I began reading it yesterday when I downloaded it for my e-reader and finished a few minutes ago. The only reason why I took off a star for "Red Rain" is because I felt it could have been a little longer and explained a little more. It almost felt like he was constrained and needed to quickly let us in on things that we should have slowly found out about. That being said, any fan of R.L. Stine will enjoy this book, and those who are used to his twists will not be disappointed with this one!
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I honestly gave up on this book because after twenty chapters it wasn't getting any better. I love Michael Cerveris who narrated the audiobook but there isn't a force in this world that could get me to finish this. Not even Leah's Angelic Tea Children. I'm only giving this two stars because Michael Cerveris could read me the phone book and I would listen, enraptured.
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Format: Hardcover
I was a huge R.L. Stine fanatic as a kid, beginning with the Goosebumps series in grade school and continuing with the Fear Street series as a teen. At nearly 30 years old, I was thrilled to hear from my mom (a bookstore manager) that he came out with an adult fiction. The book was pretty good. From the first few pages, I was taken back to my teenage years staying up all night devouring his books. It's written in typical Stine fashion, yet definitely has nuances of horror inappropriate for younger readers, including a few hot romance scenes and plenty of graphic, gory detail that goes far beyond what was written in his children's and young adult reads. That said, I've gotten pickier with books with age and this one was lacking in portions. I didn't feel it offered the character development I've come to expect with my usual reads, and I couldn't picture the characters as they were not described beyond depictions such as, "Black Hair, dark eyes", etc. It's difficult for me to get into a book when I can't picture my characters, both their emotions and their characteristics. The end seemed a bit cheesy and reminded me of a Goosebumps ending, which was great in grade school, but disappointing now. I actually thought the cheerleader Fear Street series had better character development than this book did, and this one was significantly longer.

Overall, it was a good read and it kept me interested enough to finish it in 3 nights, even with a really busy schedule, meaning I did enjoy it and liked the trip down memory lane, but it is slightly lacking for an adult read. I hope Stine continues to fine-tune his adult reads, however, as I think he might be onto something. A few more and he might just have it down!
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