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Blurb (from Goodreads):From Gretchen McNeil, the author of Ten and Possess, comes this teen horror novel perfect for young fans of Stephen King, and Lois Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer.
For Annie Kramer, the summer before college is bittersweet—both a last hurrah of freedom and the last days she'll spend with her boyfriend, Jack, before they head off to different colleges. So she and her friends plan one final adventure: a houseboating trip on Shasta Lake, complete with booze, romance . . . and an off-limits exploration of the notorious Bull Valley Mine.
The legends of mysterious lights and missing persons on Shasta Lake have been a staple of sleepovers and campouts since Annie was a kid. Full of decrepit bridges that lead to nowhere, railroad tunnels that disappear into the mountains, and terrifying stories of unexplained deaths and bodies that were never recovered, Bull Valley Mine is notorious and frightening—perfect for an epic conclusion to their high school lives.
The trip is fun and light—at first. But when a deranged stranger stumbles upon their campsite, spouting terrifying warnings and pleas for help, it's clear that everyone is in danger. And when their exploration of the mine goes horribly wrong, Annie and her friends quickly discover that the menace of Bull Valley Mine doesn't stay at Shasta Lake—it follows them home.
As one by one her friends fall victim to this mysterious and violent force, Annie must do whatever it takes to discover the ancient secrets of the mine and save her friends . . . if she's not already too late.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Four tunnels,” Jack says decisively, “eight of us. We’ll split up and see where they lead.”
“Split up?” Sonya asks. “Do you think that’s a good idea?”
This was a YA horror story, with a bit of a non-ending.
The characters in this were all okay, and Annie reacted appropriately when she thought that someone or something was following her – she ran, but personally I wouldn’t have gone exploring an abandoned mine, ghost stories or not.
“No,” Frankie says with an exasperated sigh, She swings around. We came in over there.” Only her flashlight illuminates solid rock.
The storyline in this was about 8 teenagers going into an abandoned mine, getting split up, and then getting followed by some shadows and generally spooked. There was some creepiness whilst this was going on, but it didn’t last long. The rest of the story involved Annie’s friends getting picked off one by one, final destination style, with Annie left speculating who the killer was, and who would be next.
“This isn’t a slasher flick.” Rob laughs. “We’ll be fine.”
The ending to this was just poor, we did find out who the killer was and why these kids were being killed, but then the story just stopped, with no resolution, and we got ‘The end. Maybe’. This just wasn’t good enough for me, I wanted the killer stopped and a happily ever after of some description.
6 out of 10