Many thanks to Harper Voyager for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.
One man’s search for the truth about one of the most intriguing urban legends ever—the modern bogeyman, Slender Man—leads him down a dark, dangerous path in this creepy supernatural fantasy that will make you question where the line between dark myth and terrifying reality begins. Lauren Bailey has disappeared. As friends at her exclusive school speculate on what happened and the police search for answers, Matt Barker dreams of trees and a black sky . . . and something drawing closer. Through fragments of journals, news stories, and online conversations, a figure begins to emerge—a tall, slender figure—and all divisions between fiction and delusion, between nightmare and reality, begin to fall.
“I think that maybe there are deep things, things that you can’t explain with science, that you can’t make sense of when the lights are on and you’re warm and safe. I think there are wild things in the dark.”
I had so much fun reading this book! Wealthy high school kids, a missing girl, and a supernatural phenomenon are all essential ingredients to a very enjoyable book.
Matt Barker and Lauren Bailey are close friends, have known each other since they were little, and both attend private school in New York. Even though they know each other better than anyone they keep their friendship a secret as Lauren is a popular girl and Matt tends to keep to himself. One day, Lauren has gone missing and was last seen walking out of her apartment building at 3:14 AM. Matt logs into her iCloud account to search through her photos when he comes across a peculiar file. He finds photos of a woodland area and when he looks harder he sees a dark figure in the shadows with strange arms and a pale face. And then Matt’s nightmares begin….at 3:14 AM.
This is an epistolary novel which I always enjoy. It’s written in journal entries, transcripts, emails, articles, interviews, text messages, social media chats, and recordings. The Slender Man lore interests me to no end so I read this book in just a few hours. Matt is such a great character and the author does a fantastic job capturing his fear, paranoia, and confusion. Although I did not find this book scary and it is light on the supernatural aspect, I thought it was well written, entertaining, suspenseful, and chilling. SLENDER MAN is the perfect book to read for Halloween – and I’m so intrigued with Anonymous.
My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars!
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