Author: R.L. Stine
Hardcover: 384 pgs
Published: October 9, 2012
Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.
For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a must-read from a beloved master of the genre.
I've talked about R L Stine on this blog before - how I've met him twice, how much I love his writing and how his Goosebumps series are what actually spurred my passion and love for books and reading.
But because I placed him on such a high pedestal, I was both excited and extremely nervous about reading his first adult novel, Red Rain. As if the title weren't intriguing enough, the cover is incredibly mysterious - but would his great reputation be enough for Stine to transition to the adult world?
The answer? This book is creepy!!!!
I don't think I would call it scary, not like Stephen King scary, but man oh man, R.L. Stine knows how to give you shivers and real-life goosebumps!
The story begins with a hurricane ravaging this tiny, little island. At the end of all the devastation, Lea, a travel blogger, watches as red rain literally falls from the sky. And then, out of nowhere, these two boys walk out of the rain and she instantly falls in love with them. Lea adopts the two boys as her own (even though she already has two children) and brings them back to her home where all hell breaks loose!
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: there is nothing scarier than demon children! LOL. The Shining, Village of the Damned, The Omen...the list can go on and on - children are scary! And I would definitely add Red Rain to that list.
This novel will definitely creep you out (if not scare your socks off). It is filled with suspense, violence and a little bit of sex - do not let your kids read this one!
4 1/2 out of 5 stars