Release Date: September 8, 2014
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Comforted by a shadow. Haunted by the truth.
Richard Anderson was the last person to see his friend Melanie alive. She vanished when they were six and while the police never found Melanie, a part of her remained—a living shadow that is now Richard’s closest friend.
For ten years, Richard has never questioned the shadow that keeps him company . . . until a new girl moves to town, claiming to be Melanie. Desperate to prove the girl is a fake, the shadow leads Richard to the place where her killer buried her bones. But Richard finds skeletons from several different children . . . and evidence suggesting that perhaps the shadow isn't who she says she is.
There are two ways I typically use the word creepy, and this book contains examples of both.
I'm in the house by myself, and I hear something thunking around upstairs. Veeery creepy!
Honorable mention: You wake up in the middle of the night, and one of your little kids is there. Just staring at you. Watching you sleep. Creepy little bastard.
I went shopping with a friend. We ran into her brother, and she greeted him by giving him a kiss on the mouth. *shudder* Creepy!
Honorable mention: You see a woman nursing her six year old child in public. I don't care what the La Leche Nazi's say...it's creepy. The kid has teeth. Toss an apple at 'em, and wait till you get home to permanently scar their psyche.
I said that to say this, All Those Broken Angels is full of creepy.
You have the Ooooh-Woooo (that's my ghostly wail, in case you couldn't tell) moments when Richard's Shadow comes out to play, but then you also have quite a few Ewwwww? moments. Kind of like the examples from B, I wasn't totally sure how creeped out I should be by the Ewwwww? moments. Like, sure it's semi-weird for someone to kiss their brother on the mouth, but as long as they're not frenching him...it's not really wrong, is it? Maybe they just do things differently in their family? Or the nursing thing? My kids' old pediatrician always bragged about how she nursed her kids till they were 5 or 6. It's healthy, and gives them antibodies!
So yeah. Not wrong-wrong, just icky from my (and a lot of other fucking people's) standpoint.
Sorry. I just...uuuuuuh!
The problem is, I can't thoroughly explain the parts that I thought were borderline gag-worthy, without spoiling the plot. And the plot is actually pretty good!
So let's just say that Richard is a bit closer with his Shadow than I expected. In fact, the Shadow got close with the other Melanie, too. All that closeness gave me the heebie-jeebies. Especially when I found out the truth about the Shadow.
So you go into this not knowing whether the Shadow is good or evil. And there's a lot of grey area involved in finding your way to the end of the story. Some of what happened was fairly obvious, but some of it took me by surprise.
There's also a serial killer angle to the story, and I really did not see some of it coming. Very well done!
There's this one part where Melanie is drinking tea, and all of a sudden it hits you...
I may not have loved every part of it, but I finished it in one day, if that tells you anything. Also, I haven't read tons and tons of young adult horror. I've read some, but I wouldn't call myself an expert on the genre. I'm purely rating this on my enjoyment level, because I don't have a lot to compare it to. It was good, but there were too many times I did a WTF?/Facepalm for me to rate it any higher.