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This is the third Grady Hendrix book I have read in the last three months and sadly, my least favorite. But why? This had all of the makings of a great horror novel. I was engaged from start to finish. I felt attached to the characters. The pacing was right. It was just the right mix of campy, believable/unbelievable, and some fun pop culture mixed in.
But where did I drop the two stars to make this a 3 star read?
In the content warnings, my friends.
I am not a sensitive reader. Very little rattles me. And while I obviously know that this book is written as horror and had many things happen in it specifically to add shock value, this one took it a few steps too far. I felt like Hendrix threw in a few things specifically to make the reader feel upset and gross, and it didn’t add anything to the story. The book could have been so much better had there not been these moments that just completely took away from the story.
That being said…here are the content warnings of this book. Proceed with caution.
Death by a drunk driver
Brief mention of date rape
Minor jokes about AIDS
Derogatory language (specifically use of “retard” in jest)
Death of a dog
Death of a baby (with descriptions of the deceased baby)