Book Review: Penpal

Title: Penpal

Author: Dathan Auerbach 



In an attempt to make sense of his own mysterious and unsettling childhood memories, a man begins to reconstruct his past. As the games and adventures of his youth become engulfed by a larger story, he finds that it forms a tapestry of unbelievable horror that he never could have expected. Each chapter completes a different piece of the puzzle for both you and the narrator, and by the end of it all, you will wish that you could forget what he never knew.

My Review

5/5 Stars


I’m completely haunted by this story. What starts as such an innocent tale of a kindergarten project quickly dives into a dark tale of obsession that’s certainly every parent’s worst nightmare.

The jumping timeline of the story alternating between present day and the beginning of the tale gives us a unique look at the story and ramps up the suspense as we’re slowly given enough information to put the story together.

Even though I could guess how the story would end the last few pages still brought tears to my eyes with the way the author wrote it. I found this story to be incredibly difficult to put down once I started reading it.

All in all, this is a captivating and scary tale because not only is it well-written, but it highlights a very real, very scary situation.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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