Author: Joy Yehle
What would you do if a terrifying cyber-legend turned out to be real?
Nate Camden, a fourteen-year-old, who dreams of becoming a Navy SEAL, has just moved into Dark Pine Hills. It is a subdivision that has sat neglected and unfinished since the developer went out of business but his father’s company has taken on the task of recrafting the area into a high-end development. Nate hopes they work quickly because the deserted construction sights and half finished roadways give him the creeps.
Nate does his best to settle in and he quickly makes friends. He even secures a starting spot on the football team. But it doesn’t take Nate long to suspect there’s more to his unease than the blight. There are protesters trying to stop the building, claiming the area is a paranormal vortex and should not be developed. Then there are rumors that the surrounding forest is haunted. But that’s not the worst of it. Strange kids have come knocking. They want to come in and they won’t take no for an answer. Judging by their soulless black eyes, they may not even be human.
As soon as people begin seeing the Black Eyed Kids terrible and deadly occurrences begin to take place. Are they causing it or warning of worse things to come? Nate will not only have to face the terrifying reality of the Black Eyed Kids, but also his worst fear about himself if he’s going survive and protect the ones he loves.
With a creepy and realistic vibe, Dread pulls you in right from the start and keeps you reading. Set in the middle of a spooky town, the end of this story will shock you! Dotted with believable characters and dialogue, I really felt myself drawn into the story, picturing every word inside my head.
A great read for Halloween. And if you’re a fan of Stephen King, this is definitely the story to check out!