I had been eyeing up this book since I saw we had it in the library. I know I shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but I usually do. I was instantly drawn to this mysterious-looking book with the black-and-white forest on the cover. The Creeping looked so wonderfully creepy. This story takes place in a small town called Savage. We are immediately introduced to the main character, Stella, and her friends. We also get a bit of background information. Eleven years ago, Stella and her friend Jeanie disappeared, and only Stella returned chanting over and over, “If you hunt for monsters, you’ll find them.” However, Stella doesn’t remember anything that happened that day. Eleven years later, a little girl’s body is discovered, and the story launches into a murder mystery as Stella and her friends, believing that the murder and disappearance are connected, try to remember anything that happened leading up to the disappearance of their friend Jeanie.
BEEF: This book was good, but it could have been better. Stella, the main character, slowly becomes the heroine I wanted her to be. I think it takes too long for her to get there. She tries to act too much like her awful best friend at times, which makes me cringe. Stella’s best friend Zoey is a problem. (After reading this book, I’m sure you would agree that she’s awful.) Zoey thinks it is so important to be popular, when there are more important things going on. (Uh, hello? The string of connected murders spanning over the past few hundred years? Maybe a little more important than partying.)
Another problem I have with this book are all of the “connections” that the main characters make. The main characters put some unrelated pieces together and come up with a wild goose chase for themselves that seems ridiculous, yet the author sells it to us. Then, we find out the truth, and it seems ridiculous again. Classic misdirection. The ending would have been predictable if we weren’t trapped in the minds of imaginative teenagers.
Anyway, if you hunt for better books, you’ll find them.