October 25, 2012
"Daniel may be the match, but I am the fire." ~ pg. 324
When you hear R.L. Stine's name, you think of the Goosebumps and Fear Street book series. Well, R.L. Stine is back with an adult horror novel. In Red Rain, adventure travel blogger Lea Sutter is on a small island called Cape Le Chat, located off the coast of South Carolina, when a big hurricane hits. The island has not seen a hurricane this bad since 1935. In the aftermath of the hurricane, Lea discovers two orphaned twin boys. She impulsively adopts them and brings the twin boys back home to her family on Long Island. The boys, Daniel and Samuel, seem grateful but their true nature says otherwise.
Life would've returned to normal if Lea listened to her husband's objections about adopting the twin boys. But—you guessed it R.L. Stine fans—the twins are evil. First they start making demands. Then items are stolen. And worst of all, Lea's husband is implicated in two brutal murders.
Listen. It is raining blood in the prologue! Chapter One hasn't even begun and already the book seemed unnatural, creepy and so R.L. Stine. Then it faltered. Maybe I am used to the old Fear Street books where the storyline is straight to the point. Red Rain has four parts, one of which could have been eliminated. The story could have been told in 100 pages less. If you grew up reading Fear Street books like I did, you will have expectations for this new adult novel. It is written with the legendary suspense and horror that R.L. Stine is known for...on a young mature adult level. As a grown adult novel, it is an unfortunate dud. The twin boys just didn't horrify me on a level that should scare adults.
Thanks to R.L. Stine for acknowledging that his faithful following have come of age and are now adults. However, stick to writing young adult books where your talents are best appreciated.
DISCLAIMER: This book was received for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Title: Red Rain
Author: R.L. Stine
Published: October 2012