Title: My Dark Passenger
Author: McKenzie Rae
Kevin Wolf is on a road trip back to his hometown. Wolf decides to drive through the night when he spots a teenage girl hitchhiking on the side of a lonely highway. With the intent of driving her to safety, Wolf offers her a ride. The mysterious girl at first doesn’t speak a word. She refuses to tell Wolf her name, where she’s from, or where she is going.
Strange things begin to occur in her company. The girl evades his attempts to hand her over to the police, and her presence seems to cause everyone except Wolf discomfort. Adults avoid her, children cry at the sight of her, and crows follow the girl wherever she goes. Wolf also starts having an odd recurring nightmare about a faceless shadow driving his truck.
When they reach his hometown, Wolf unknowingly brings both himself and the girl into a monster’s lair. Although, the mysterious and silent girl may know more about monsters than she lets on.
With an eerie atmosphere revolving around a town-wide Halloween festival, My Dark Passenger explores an unseen world that exists right alongside the one we believe we know so well.
When Kevin Wolf finds a strange teenage girl on the side of the road (who he decides to call Missy), he isn’t sure what to think. In his mind, it seems simple. He’ll give her a ride to the nearest police station and then be on his way. Things are a bit more complicated than that. His new passenger won’t speak and when he tries to tell his friend about her, she makes it an effort to not be found. Figuring she’s on the run from something, Wolf decides to let her tag along for his annual trip back home. The more time he spends with her though, the more he realizes she might not be a normal teenage girl after all.
I loved the suspense of this story. From the moment that Missy is introduced, we’re wrapped in the mystery of who this girl is. As the story goes on and things get weirder, the mystery only deepens. Whether it be missing people or headless squirrels, whenever something dark and macabre goes down, Missy is at the center of it. I loved Wolf’s caring for her and the way that that relationship showed his personality and the things that he had been through.
The creepy little diary entries at the beginning of each chapter also upped the spook factor and made me all the more curious to learn about Wolf and Missy. Missy in particular.
All in all, I absolutely adored this book. Highly recommended for fans of psychological fiction.