Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Say Her Name by James Dawson


Title: Say Her Name
Author: James Dawson
Genre: YA, Horror, Thriller/Suspense, Paranormal
See on: Goodreads 

Buy from: Amazon

Even without reading yet, the cover is already giving me the heebie-jeebies. Say Her Name tells us the story behind the lady within the mirrors and why she does what she does best.


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Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror... five days... but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted 'Queen of Teen' author James Dawson.

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I wouldn't back down on anything related to horror. I LOVE horror movies. Just don't let the ghosts show themselves to me when I'm alone at home. 




That vibe of turning your head around at the slightest of noises, imagining (?) shadows moving from your periphery and of course, the occasional hair on your neck standing to its ends. These are the feelings that this book elicited from me. And I even read this book at night!





Say Her Name centers one of the most popular urban myths for a long time. Have you ever tried the dare your friends hang over your head? Did they ever squeezed you into a dark bathroom, with no light than just the candle as they taunt you to face the mirror, turn for how many times while saying "Bloody Mary"? 



That dare has been such a past time in the Philippines and a lot of stories have already been circulating before I even read this book. Somehow, there were certain elements that are similar to the stories I've heard throughout time, making me wonder what parts truly are real. 




From beginning till end, it has given me the creeps but worry not, you'd be able to sleep, without waking up in the slightest of sounds, in about a week or two ;)

Overall, Say Her Name is a good book to feel the almost-Halloween vibes about to creep your way (as November is near!).


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4 reads



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Raised in West Yorkshire, James eventually moved to Brighton where he wrote for local papers and magazines whilst working as a primary school teacher.

In 2011, James left teaching to write full-time and now lives in London.

Hollow Pike is his first novel for young adults.

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