Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Page Length: 400 Pages
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: eARC via EW (Thanks Simon)
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.
Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.
And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
I'm quickly become a fan of the YA thriller and mystery scene, and this book deepened my love for the genre. Aptly named The Creeping, this novel will creep. you. out.
The little town of Savage had an upheaval when two six year-olds went missing and only one was found. Stella is the lucky one who survived the endeavor, and no one knows what happened to the other girl, Jeanie. Stella can't remember anything that happened that day or any memories before then. The case went cold after the police couldn't find any suspects. Now eleven years later, another six year-old girl who looks just like Jeanie is discovered dead. People speculate that these two murder mysteries are connected, and the case from long ago is reopened. Stella struggles to remember what happened on that fateful day. With the help of her ex-friend Sam and her best friend Zoey, they uncover harrowing information that leads them to a legend about a monster in the woods, The Creeping, who feeds off blood. As creepy things start to happen to Stella and suspicions arise, everyone starts pointing fingers, but is it at the true perpetrator?
My favorite aspect of this book is the plot overall. Alexandra Sirowy did a wonderful job building the suspense and weaving in all the spine-chilling details. She makes us question everyone's intentions and alibis. The details and the information all start to pile up and just when you think you have it all figured out, Sirowy blindsides us by throwing in another curve to the plot. The main idea of this book is the mystery. This book definitely gives off the ominous and creepy vibes!
I liked the characters and their diverse personalities, but some of their traits and actions really grated on me. Stella makes some ridiculous decisions in this book. I like her for the most part, but she doesn't think clearly sometimes. All she can think about is solving Jeanie's murder. She does so many reckless and foolish things that could potentially endanger her, and I just wanted to shake her. Her best friend Zoey is so mercurial. I love her loyalty and protectiveness for her friends, but her obsession with personality and her harsh tongue annoyed me a bit. Sam is really thoughtful and generous, but I hated how he let Stella walk all over him at times. He didn't stand up for himself... I really liked the friendship and camaraderie among Stella, Zoey, Michaela, and Cole. It was nice to see such great friends stand up for each other and support one another when they're down.
The romance was a bit strange. Although the two had known each other for a while, they kind of just jump back into things and start to like each other again after YEARS. And then they start saying "I love you," and it just wasn't realistic to me. They did have great chemistry though...
I really enjoyed the horror/thriller aspect of this book and the creepy plot. I'd recommend you try this one out around Halloween :)