Title: Dark Room
Author: Tom Becker
Published: September 10th 2015
Publisher: Stipes Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Length: 352 pages
I received an ARC paperback of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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…
The latest in the Red Eye series, Dark Room may be the most frightening one yet!
Darla O’Neill has lived her life on the road with her grifter dad, but one night – after being chased from the trailer park they were living in at gunpoint – the pair find themselves in the lavish, yet very private town of Saffron Hills. Now Darla is having strange visions and the beautiful, rich teens of the own are being brutally murdered. As more and more deaths rack up, Darla finds herself under the spotlight with no idea how to get herself out of it.
This book was a fantastic surprise. Way more complex than it appears to be on the surface, Dark Room has layer upon layer of clues that slowly unravel to reveal what really happened all those years ago in 1995.
There’s not a lot I can say about this one without spoiling the ending, but I will say that this is one of the most well thought out and executed horror mysteries I’ve ever read. Just when you think you know what happened, something pops up to prove you wrong and shock you at the same time.
Masterful writing to give you the chills, Dark Room is a must this coming spooky season.
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About the Author
Tom Becker grew up in a market town in the northwest of England, dreaming of becoming a writer. He won the 2007 Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize with his first novel, Darkside, and has continued to blur the lines between history and fantasy in brooding adventure and horror stories such as The Traitors and While The Others Sleep. He has also published an adult novel, The Cold Tap, on Kindle under his real name, Tom Beckerlegge. Tom lives in London with his wife, baby son, and a horde of shadowy creatures that he keeps confined within the pages of his notebook.