When Jenny Thorton and her friends open the mysterious white box given to her by Julian, they discover a mysterious game and enter a house of horrors full of their worst nightmares.
©1994 L.J. Smith (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
This is the first book in a trilogy by L. J. Smith, author of the vampire diaries. This is a departure from the vampire world that made its author famous. A group of friends are trapped in a haunted house where they must face their worst nightmares. To win is to escape, to lose is to die, and in a world full of darkness and uncertainty, they have only one another to rely on. The chilling atmosphere kicks in right from the start and the fear factor only increases as the book continues. With vivid descriptions and a nail biting pace, this book is an absolute must for all L. J. Smith fans and a great book to introduce new readers to her work.
This book is thoroughly enjoyable, i absolutely love books like this. What would you do if you were trapped and your only way out of your nightmare is to go through your nightmares. Well Jenny finds out when she unknowingly gets drawn into a game of fears and twists to face off against the dreaded Shadow man. When backed into a corner in fear for your life the only way out is to delve deeper into the mysterious white-boxed game of nightmares.
The story, while fairly easy to foretell, was surprisingly compelling. I went in with the thought that it was going to be a fluff book, especially with the way the characters are presented, but the author developed them well and presented them with interesting challenges. I was actually wishing the book was longer near the end.
"Great book for teens and adults...."
You want more.
It kept you going, and makes you want to see what happens next.
Not sure on this one.
This book will make you smile and make you think.
I don't like to read something unless it sucks you into it. This book and the ones to follow it do just that. It is a good story, and something different from all the vampire stuff. Very good book, I am on the thrid one now and hope another comes out soon.
"Like a child trying to act like an adult."
This book started off great. I couldn't help but think to myself, "what a great idea and story setup this is. There is a great imagination behind this book and it should be fantastic." But I was wrong and instead it turned into a big disappointment. It had SO MUCH potential to be a great story though, so through boredom and trying to get my money's worth out of this book, I went ahead and finished it hoping it would get better. Instead it just kept getting worse. Don't be fooled by the summary which tells of a "house of horrors" and "worst nightmares." Rather, it was full of just plain silly situations and jokes that were out of place and failed to be funny. This tries to be an adult/teen book but it actually felt like a book that only a 12 year old might enjoy. I would love to see someone take the theme or idea of this book and turn it into the great read that it could have been.
"Teenage girl book"
Pretty silly & adolescent, I should have read the description better.
A bit annoyed by the reader as well, odd tone.
I think this book was just a tad bit juvenile for me. Granted I abandoned it half way through. It is very possible the book gets better towards the end but I just couldn't hang on. This is the only audiobook I have not finished.
The book needs a few more pages. It feels like a collection of pieces that are building into a full story. I would bring the Grandfather "experience" into the story earlier. She could have more of the dream fleshed out. The friends were both under and overdone.
Lee Child or Jonathan Kellerman
Pick up a pen and edit
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