Red Rain by R.L. Stine
I am a huge R.L. Stine lover. I read every Fear Street and Goosebumps when I was younger. I actually found a winning scratcher ticket in a grocery store that was worth $100 and my mother took me to the bookstore and I bought as many Goosebumps as I could buy. I was so in love with his writing and I loved the horror genre. I wanted to be like him. I even co wrote a horror book with my best friend in 5th grade. I wish we still had it.
Well I was part of the redditgifts book swap and my gifter sent me Red Rain. I had never read this particular R.L. Stine novel so I was excited. I realized I had not read any of his adult horror books and quickly remedied that and bought 2 other books from his adult side. I even remembered being in the 8th grade and my mother had listened to an audio book of Superstitious and because of that she wouldn’t let me read it after that. Haha.
So the excerpt from the book on Goodreads reads as ” In Red Rain, Stine uses his unerring knack for creating terror to tap into some very grownup fears. 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 through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.
In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys – twins. Filled with a desire to do something to help, to make something good of all she witnessed, Lea impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island – husband Mark, a child psychologist, 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.”
The book reads like his YA books. It’s easy to read and the story is full of horror and supernatural. I enjoyed the way he added not only the murders in a way that made you know the twins are truly full of evil but the whole island and its quite supernatural feeling. I love the way there are many twists you would not expect and the story unfolds in a way that keeps you interest in the tale until the last page.
He creates all the characters and gives them life. You care about the twins at first until you realize they are little demons. You want the family to be happy and you are scared for Lea and her family. Mark is one of my favorite characters in the book because he seems like a good guy but also has a dark side. If you enjoy a supernatural thriller and the writing of Mr Stine you should definitely pick up this book and spend a night delving into the dark side of the book world.