Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: High Tide (Fear Street Super Chiller #12) by R.L. Stine

High Tide (Fear Street Superchiller, # 12)
Title: High Tide

Series: Fear Street Super Chiller #12 (Can be read as a standalone)

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: 1997

Published by: Pocket Books/Simon Pulse

Source: Own paperback

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Synopsis:

Adam Malfitano still has nightmares about the night his girlfriend, Mitzi, died. He sees the blood. He sees her in the water. He is a lifeguard, and he can't save her. He wakes up screaming. Even worse, he has begun to see Mitzi while he is awake. He knows it is impossible, but she looks so real. What does she want from him?

My rating: ★★★★☆

A lifeguard's job can be murder...

Adam keeps having a recurring nightmares of the death of his girlfriend. She died in a water scooter accident, a horrible accident. We get to witness this nightmare at the beginning of the book and oh my gods, it was very tense! And the descriptions I totally loved! It was incredibly gory and I loved that! There were a couple of other moments like this—tense, terrifying scenes. I totally live for them! R.L. Stine is so great at describing creepy, horrifying things!

One third into the book, there was no real mystery that I could see. Just Adam’s hallucinations and Sean being a bitch ass, whiny prick for no reason (that we know of, lol. But gods, I really hated him). However, I didn’t mind because I was really enjoying the the story. Slowly, Adam starts to realize that someone is out to get him and he has no idea why! And then we get to the reveal...

what?!

Holy shit! I was not expecting that! That trauma is real... poor Adam.



Overall though, I really liked this book! I adored the descriptions, the tension, the suspense, and that insane ending I did not see coming! I really liked the beachy setting and also our protagonist Adam—he was such a nice guy, giving Sean advice when he himself had so much going on in his life. Surprisingly, I liked the unravelling of the mystery with Adam—typically I would be bored if I don’t see what the mystery is all about right at the start, but R.L. Stine just has a way of pulling you in with his writing. I definitely recommend this read!

The Fear Street connection: Um, the book doesn't actually mention it. The book doesn’t take place in Shadyside, but Adam is from Shadyside, that much we know. So my guess is that Adam lived on Fear Street at one point in his life? I don’t know lol. I just thought it was really strange that Fear Street wasn’t mentioned.


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)

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