Once again another new to me author and boy am I ever late to the party. Better late than never, right? This is a disturbing read where children are the killers and a man they call The Magician is responsible for putting the kids up to it. Malfi wrote the thoughts and feelings of the children in such a realistic way that I had goosebumps. The way he wrote differently abled Dennis was just magnificent. I especially loved how he gave us a clear background of each of the main characters as children.
These poor messed up kids were so vulnerable and The Magician knew it and he used it against them to his advantage. What’s scarier than that? This story was so atmospheric and downright sinister. This is a slow burn of a book but in a really good way that makes you want to continue reading to find out what happens next.
Many have said this is reminiscent of Stephen King’s IT but Malfi makes it his own in so many ways. Yes, it’s a group of kids that meet up again as adults to fight the evil from their younger years…but the similarities end there.
There are many heavy topics in this one…suicide, addiction, animal cruelty, bullying, partner and child abuse. And as these kids are coming of age they have to deal with it all. The ending was extremely satisfying. Our main characters are far from perfect but I still liked them and cheered them on as they stood up for each other had had each other’s backs. If you like coming-of-age stories that have a bit of historical background with lots of horror thrown in I highly recommend this one.
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