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279 pages, Hardcover
First published June 12, 2014
"Hang out with Brooklyn, I mean. I don't think she's seen you with us yet. You can find out why she's such a bitch now."
"You want me to spy on her?" I ask.
"We exorcise you, impure one, you satanic power." Her clear voice fills the cold corners of the basement.
"We all used to be friends, you know," Riley says. "Brooklyn too."
OK OK....I love a good horror story, but this tale of evil- doing was clearly just too young-adult (for me) for the most part.
It all begins when a restricted group of young teen girls get together for a little fun in a secluded, unoccupied house for drinking & gossiping about boys and confessing their deepest darkest secrets that ultimately end with revengeful acts of mutilation and torture, (no spoiler here) all in the name of forgiveness and absolution from above. (be prepared for some ewwwwww moments)
And...... although I found the rituals and cat fights a bit silly and unconvincing, I kept reading and discovered a surprisingly good, but short side story with a (somewhat predictable) dark twisty reveal at the end that the horror reader in me enjoyed.
2.5 Stars with a round up to 3 as I don't believe I was the intended targeted audience for this one.
"Some people have evil inside them, but that's what God is for, to fix them when they can't fix themselves."