A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.
Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her fourteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.
The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend his disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration. The local and state police haven’t uncovered any leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were with Tommy last, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil’s Rock— rumored to be cursed.
Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their own windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy’s journal begin to mysteriously appear—entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connected them all and changes everything.
As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened becomes more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s disappearance at Devil’s Rock. – Goodreads.com
After reading the eerie and creepy A Head Full of Ghosts, I jumped to request this title when I saw it was by the same author.
This author nails the young teen boy mentality and has a firm grasp on the insecurities of middle school. I laughed several times at the conversations between Tommy and his friends. As a mother, I could certainly identify with Elizabeth and the devastation and helplessness she felt after her son’s disappearance – it’s a parent’s worst nightmare. This book will certainly make you question if you really know what your kids are up to. I also found it interesting how different family members deal with Tommy’s disappearance.
As with the author’s first novel, this story also contains some spine-tingling, tension-filled, look-behind-you-and-make-sure-you’re-alone moments. You’ll also want to make sure your window blinds are closed. I literally couldn’t turn the pages fast enough in some places. On the other hand, I also felt as if some of the writing was repetitive – reading about the same scene from a different POV – and found myself skimming through those sections.
This is an author to watch – I’ll be looking for future books by him. Highly recommend to fans of supernatural thrillers. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock is scheduled for publication June 21st, 2016.
Thanks to Edelweiss and William Morrow for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.