What Stalks Among Us

By Sarah Hollowell

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What Stalks Among Us

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Discrimination: Sexuality,Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery,Language: Strong Language,Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse

From Sarah Hollowell, author of A Dark and Starless Forest, comes a spine-tingling, deliriously creepy YA speculative thriller about two best friends trapped in a corn maze with corpses that look just like them.

Best friends and high school seniors Sadie and Logan make their first mistake when they ditch their end-of-year field trip to the amusement park in favor of exploring some old, forgotten back roads. The last thing they expect to come across is a giant, abandoned corn maze. But with a whole day of playing hooky unspooling before them, they make their second mistake. Or perhaps their third? Maybe even their fourth. Because Sadie and Logan have definitely entered this maze before. And again before that.

When they stumble on the corpses in the maze, identical to them in every way (if you can ignore the stab and gunshot wounds)—from their clothes to their hidden scars to their dyed hair, to that one missing tooth—they quickly realize they’ve not only entered this maze before, they’ve died in it too. A lot. And no matter what they try, they can’t figure out what—or who—is hunting them.

Deeply unnerving, clever, and atmospheric, this time-bending, mind-bending speculative horror is a poignant meditation on the lasting effects of trauma and the healing powers of connection and forgiveness—all while delivering more surprise twists and turns than a haunted corn maze.

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School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-When Sadie and Logan decide to skip the annual AP Physics trip to an amusement park, Sadie feels an ominous pull. When they happen upon a corn maze, it seems like their day of ditching will just involve a quirky side quest through something Sadie knows her way around, until they find their first dead body, and that dead body is one of them. Now Sadie and Logan must figure out why they are trapped in this corn maze and why they keep dying, before they die for good. This is an incredibly engaging read that immediately jumps into Sadie and Logan being stuck and does a good job of not confusing readers as the time loops and dead bodies in the corn maze add up. Each chapter leaves on just a bit of a cliff-hanger. Sadie's inner monologue and how she works through her ADHD and previous trauma, such as an abusive relationship mirror true life experiences that make this part of the plot relatable to readers and interestingly parallels the horror aspect. Quick and sometimes snarky dialogue give moments of levity throughout, making this not too scary but great for teens looking for darker reads. VERDICT A horrific read sure to hook many with its sinister setting, sickening mystery, strong friendship, and teen introspection.-Molly Dettmannα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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