Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Supernatural #Horror THE GIRL WHO WASN’T THERE by @NickClausen9

Today’s team review is from Karen, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Karen has been reading The Girl Who Wasn’t There by Nick Clausen

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The story starts when Andy leaves his little sister outside the library. When he returns some minutes later – she is gone.

With The Girl Who Wasn’t There”, Nick Clausen has created an intriguing plot about a boy who wants to save his sister; he is soon convinced that she has been abducted, and luckily gets unexpected advice at his favourite location. “The Girl Who Wasn’t There” comprises authentic characters with sufficient depth; I got very close to Andy and his mindset. Nick Clausen introduces his characters with care. I had a great time reading – this is a very compelling read; I was drawn into the story right away, close to Andy and his allies. The plot offers food for thought, still keeps me thinking. There were some surprising turns, and I was fascinated to see in what manner Nick Clausen’s story reaches the finishing line.

The cover is great – perfect for this story.

This is for you if you like thought-provoking stories and teen and young adult horror and mystery.

A remarkable story to read again.


Book description

Monsters are real. And they steal children.

A young girl disappears without a trace.
The police have no clue as to what might have happened.
The severed family is thrown into despair as weeks go by, and still no sign of her.
The girl’s older brother begins looking for her on his own.
Soon he becomes convinced that a supernatural being has taken her.
Unfortunately, it turns out he’s right …

The Girl Who Wasn’t There is a gripping supernatural thriller.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #YoungAdult Mild #Horror DREAMLAND: A GHOST STORY by Nick Clausen

Dreamland: A Ghost StoryDreamland: A Ghost Story by Nick Clausen

4 stars

Dreamland is a young adult horror story.

Twelve-year-old Louie has been having dreams which continue over several nights. He visits a place called Dreamland where he meets a man he believes is his father, John. In real life Louie’s dad passed away when he was a baby, so meeting him now and being able to talk to him makes Louie feel wonderful.

As Louie continues to visit Dreamland, he finds he wakes exhausted instead of refreshed from sleep. He visits the house his parents once lived in, which is now derelict, and there are rumours among his friends that it is haunted, but Louie always feels safe there. The story continues and takes a sinister turn as it reaches the denouement.

I was a little hesitant to read this book as using dreams in fiction hasn’t really worked for me in the past; I’m always waiting for the characters to wake up so we can get on with the actual story. However, this tale kept the dream element focused on the dialogue rather than the abstract environment, and the dream sequences moved the plot along at a reasonable pace. Louie is at times portrayed as mature; occasionally I found his thoughts and actions not quite believable for someone so young, as if the author was using his own ‘voice’ rather than that of the character.

Overall a mild horror for younger readers which hopefully will allow them to fall happily asleep at night.

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Book description

Some nightmares never end

In his sleep, Louie starts visiting a magical world where he meets his father, who died when Louie was still a baby. But nothing turns out to be what it seems, and great horrors loom very close by …

Welcome to Dreamland

A mysterious teen ghost story about fear and loss and losing yourself in dreams.

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