Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The NestThe Nest by Kenneth Oppel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, I do not really care for horror books- but I do read them and this psychological thriller was so scary I could not stop turning the pages! Steve is very concerned about his newborn baby brother, Theo and his mounting health concerns plaguing his parents and Steve. In a dream, he is visited by a very calming being who assures Steve a new "healthy" baby can replace Theo. What begins as a dream in a dark place quickly morphs into the horror of wasps with their nest hanging outside the baby's window. The horror elements of darkness, wasps, phone calls with no one on the other end and a hideous knife sharpener bring many overwhelming scary moments to Steve as he tries to find a way to help his baby brother, his parents and himself. The young age of Steve, his own insecurities, and his haunting dreams (are they reality) will keep kids turning those pages, because who doesn't like a scary story. Klass' illustrations are delicious, dark, gray and further embed the horror of Steve's world. A great ending and a must read!

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