This has to be the most unexpected book of the year for me. When I picked up this second novel by Stephen Chbosky, best known for writing the YA classic, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I wasn’t imagining I’d get a horror story to rival the epics of Stephen King in the 1970s. But that’s exactly what this book is: a character-driven nightmare set in a small town that made me think of IT and The Stand at their most imaginatively weird. Like the aforementioned books, this one is long, at 700 pages, but it’s a worth it for a tale that manages to combine chills and storytelling twists with a humane perspective that always allows its characters a chance at redemption.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)