Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
GOODREADS – AMAZON
Released: 11th June 2019
Keywords: Adult, Horror, Thriller, Magical Realism, Gore, Violence, Super natural, Ghosts, Missing children, Abuse, Religion
Leaving your house in the middle of the night.
Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.
Starting a new school, making friends.
Seeing how happy it makes your mother.
Hearing a voice, calling out to you.
Following the signs, into the woods.
Going missing for six days.
Remembering nothing about what happened.
Something that will change everything…
And having to save everyone you love.”
This book was a crazy ride, and considering it is over 700 pages it went by pretty fast. I decided to pick this up on a friend’s recommendation of being creepy and weird and I love creepy and weird. The book for me felt like it was in 2 halves, the first being very suspense buildup, tense, fairly slow. The second half being very full on and everything just gets very amped up and more crazy. I personally preferred the slower tension of the first half but feel like the book did what it needed to by gradually building up into something more action packed.
I generally don’t find books that scary or creepy, or maybe I just havn’t found the right books, but there were certain parts of this book that actually made me gasp and cover the page because I was TOO SCARED to continue reading.
Religion does play a heavy theme throughout the book in many different ways, there is also different forms of abuse and gore/body horror elements. Definitely one of those books that you finish and feel the need to read again straight away, I feel like the second read will be an entirely different experience and plan on doing so in the future.
Overall I would highly recommend to fans of horror and suspense novels or if you’re after reading something that is very different.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars