Blurb from Goodreads:
Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.
That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.
That was a great book! It ended up actually being creepier than I originally thought it would be (which is always a good thing). It reminded me a little of something Stephen King would have written in his early days. I was interested and involved throughout the whole story, but things picked up substantially when I got around the halfway through mark. After that, I couldn’t put it down. I’ve been enmeshed in this book for the past three hours. I loved the main character, he was easy to root for. Everything, the characters, the setting, all of it, was well developed without making the story drag. The ending was great too. I just really enjoyed this book. It’s a great read for Halloween, especially spooky if you live near a wooded area.
Creep Factor: 5