I bought this audio during one of Audible’s Deal of the Day promos. I had heard mixed reviews on it but for some reason it kept calling to me. Something told me I had to give this audio a chance. Am I glad that I did! I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would! Flash back to the glorious 80s, snark, wit, and just enough humor to make this not such a horror story.
Short recap: Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since they were little. They bonded over their love of E.T. and all things 80s. Things change when they are teenagers and Gretchen is suddenly not the same person she was before after one Halloween party. She has turned…. evil. Abby is determined to find out what is wrong with her BFF, even if that means admitting she may be possessed.
I went into this story not really knowing what I was getting myself into. I don’t read a lot of horror stories so I was hesitant, as any reader would be. Abby and Gretchen’s characters were a joy to read about. Their friendship felt pure and genuine. How can you not adore a young girl that has a thing for E.T. so much that she has a themed E.T. birthday party? These were two characters that were well written and well developed. They grew over the years and chose to stay by the other’s side, no matter what. I enjoyed how Abby was the only one that knew something was wrong with Gretchen and chose to fight for her until the very end. BFFs like that are hard to come by. Hendrix found a way to spin a classic horror story into something close to relatable. He did it by writing spunky characters with loads of personality and dialogue. I believe that is what set this story on another level – it gave me a chance to really get to know the characters and appreciate the absolute unique relationship they had.
I grew up in the time of the wild 80s so the setting of this story really pulled at my heart strings. Neon clothes, scrunch socks, white Keds, mixed tapes, you name it! Enjoy the little 80s trivia tucked away in this book as the chapter titles are 80s songs. *love* While there is a horror twist to the story, what with Gretchen being possessed and all, it all just worked. The decade, the setting, the characters, the plot…. it fit together so well. Hendrix took the opportunity to fill in any gaps in the story with much needed backstory and demonology. Just one more thing Hendrix did that added another level to the story.
I know this is a shorter review, but I don’t want to give too much away. A girl becomes possessed during a Halloween party and bad things start to happen. That seems cut and dry but know there are some gory parts, there are some humorous parts, and some difficult scenes that even made me flinch. What I took away from this was the power of friendship is not to be messed with and true friendship will stand the test of time.