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Series: Red Eye
Published by Stripes Publishin on September 10th 2015
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
When Darla and her feckless dad, Hopper, move to Saffron Hills, Darla hopes it'll be a new start for the both of them. But she stands no chance of fitting in with the image-obsessed in-crowd at her new school. Then one of her classmates is brutally killed when taking a photo of herself. A murder Darla herself predicted in a bloody vision. When more teens die in a similar fashion it appears that a serial killer is on the loose - the 'Selfie Slayer'. Darla alone is convinced that the murderer might not be flesh and blood...Amazon •
Supernatural October Review #5! Gees, I’ve fallen behind this month! But today’s review is Dark Room by Tom Becker, which has a little Supernatural element that pertains to our dear Chuck (and Kevin, but more to Chuck). I tell you, I would not want to be any kind of prophet of forseer, or physic that sees things before they happen. It only ends in tears, blood, and molars.
Darla is always on the run with her less-than-ethical father, Hopper. What Hopper didn’t expect was to end up in Saffron Hills with an old buddy of his who is quite rich. He “talks” this friend into letting the father and daughter stay in an older, unused house in the rich neighborhood, promising Darla (yet again) that he’s going to clean up his act.
Most of the characters are rich and fabulously so. Sasha is the town’s rich goth-girl, and Frank is her poor but best friend. There’s also the artistic neighbor named Annie. But really, there’s not much to say about the characters. Sasha is really a mean-girl jerk who plays the part of Darla’s friend, and Frank is a tag-a-long. All the other characters are there to play who’s-the-next-victim. The only character interactions that I really enjoyed were between Hopper and Darla. Their little family is majorly broken, but Hopper is a genuine character and I would have liked to had more time between him and Darla.
The story has a playfully modern urban legend feel to it. It’s the “pretties” in the school that start to get picked off by the “Selfie Slayer”, the teens that take ridiculous amounts of selfies and post them on every social media outlet available. So, heed the warning or the Selfie Slayer may come after you next! Mwahahaha! Ahem. Yeah, but the “pretties” do get ridiculous with their selfies (as extremest often do) such as before-my-bffs-funeral-crying-selfie (so sad).
The other side to the story is a bit supernatural. Darla starts to see through the eyes of the murderer. A bit cool, yes, but you only get a half-butt explanation on why she has the visions. I am defiantly all for adding supernatural elements to horror and mystery, but you still have to give the readers a reason for adding it in! Was she born with it? No. Was it something she’s had before? No. The truth just disappointed me.
On to the big mystery/killer reveal! Again, I think this was only a half-butt way of doing things. There’s no way a reader can guess all the elements of the story by just trying to figure it out on their own. There’s not enough information given to fully figure out the mystery. It makes me sad.