Red Rain: A Novel
Author: R. L., Stine
Level: Adult Horror
Release Date: October 9th 2012
Rating: 3 Birds
Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.
First things first, yes this novel is written by R.L. Stine. The same R.L. Stine that wrote all the Goosebumps books. But let me make this perfectly clear – this book is NOT for kids. Not even a little bit.
I have to say, I really wanted to love this RED RAIN, but I came out only liking it. It just didn’t feel like a “horror” novel. I wanted chills. I wanted fear, I wanted to be looking over my shoulder with anxiety. Yet all I really got was blood and guts. Sure they turned my stomach, made me shudder at the thought, but nothing that would make me classify this book as horror. Thriller/Suspense, yes.
The beginning, while very, very interesting, felt completely separate from the rest of the book. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it felt like the first 1/3 and the final 2/3 were two totally different stories all together. On top of that, the beginning was very predictable and what’s more, just plain obvious. I won’t cite specifics, because I want to remain spoiler free, but trust me when I say that a blind man could see what was coming from a mile away.
The story is a little bit The Good Son, a little bit The Orphan and a little bit of The Village of The Damned. It was a great concept, and while I was let down by the lack of horror in the horror novel, I did enjoy the story, all things considered. Several times I thought how it being a movie would really amp up the horror aspect of things.
If you like R.L. Stine I would definitely give RED RAIN a shot. If you like Thriller/Suspense novels with Horror tendencies, I would give RED RAIN a shot. I certainly hope R.L writes more adult novels, and I hope they only get creepier and bloodier!
Until then, check out the trailer for RED RAIN and keep in mind our 2 year Blogaversary is coming up next month…we might just be giving away an audio copy….
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