Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer YP FIC MAZER

Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn live happy carefree lives, but they shouldn’t. A man is watching them. A man that looks normal and ordinary and safe, but he isn’t. He watches and he waits, but he won’t wait forever. After he stops waiting nothing will eb the same.

This book is creeeeeepy with a capital EW. Reading the thoughts of a deranged man obsessed with children isn’t exactly my idea of a Good Time, but it isn’t meant to be light hearted and fun. It is meant to be disturbing and horrifying, and it is! The alternating points of view between a happy family and their day to day life and a twisted monster are seriously compelling and repellent at the same time. It really works that Mazer addresses the reader as ‘You” when focusing on the different family members points of view, it leaves you guessing as to what will happen next. Mazer shows that you don’t have to be graphic or overly violent to be truly scary. Fair warning, you will not be able to put this book down and it will make you paranoid about strangers for at least a few days. Read it with the lights on and read it fast!

P.S. Even though this doesn’t affect my review at all it has one of the best designed covers I’ve seen in a long time.

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