Friday, September 29, 2017

Review: The Knife (Fear Street #14) by R.L. Stine

The Knife (Fear Street, #14)
Title: The Knife

Series: Fear Street #14 (Can be read as a standalone)

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: January 1991

Published by: Pocket Books/Simon Pulse

Source: Own paperback

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Sshh. There are a lot of things they want to keep quiet at Shadyside Hospital. In fact, just about every private room holds a private secret of its own.

Poor Laurie Masters. The student volunteer innocently happened to stumble onto the hospital’s sickest secret of all.

Laurie has seen too much—and now the doctors and nurses are taking a close look at Laurie.

What they come up with is a deadly diagnosis. Laurie may not be sick, but she’s getting a prescription anyway—a prescription for horror!

My rating: ★★★★☆

In this hospital people have been dying—to get out!

Weird things are going on at the hospital where Laurie is volunteering. There, Laurie meets a sick little boy who is acting strange. Laurie thinks there might be something seriously off about his home life. Also, people keep sneaking into the hospital wing that is still under construction. And then Laurie stumbled upon a murder. Could it be the new volunteer Rick, who is acting strange and is being very suspicious?

“It’s all connected, I know it! The nurse and little Toby—everything! Something terrible is going on at Shadyside Hospital, and I got caught in the middle of it.”

The reveal I did NOT see coming! Not the killer/person behind all this, or even what was actually going on! I will tell you though that Laurie definitely stumbled upon a dark, dark secret that has been going on who knows how long in this hospital! This book wasn’t the typical kind of scary you would expect from a Fear Street book. But the reveal was certainly horrifying in that it shows you how awful humans can be.


One thing I love about this series is the Easter eggs. In this one, Mayra Barnes is mentioned as one of Laurie’s friends. Mayra is the protagonist of book 6 in the Fear Street series, The Sleepwalker. Another character that was mentioned was Franklin Fear, who donated money for the new hospital wing.

Overall, I really liked this book! As a nurse, I really liked the setting, but also as a nurse, I just saw so many discrepancies with what actually happens in a real life hospital. Lol. But I really loved the mystery and the awesome descriptions. It was a fun, fast read!

The Fear Street connection: As previously stated, Franklin Fear donated money for the new hospital wing that is being built. It’s gonna be called The Fear Wing... seriously. Who’s gonna want to stay there? Lol. Also, the little boy Toby lives on Fear Street and Laurie visits it a couple of times.

So many frightening stories had been told about this street that wound past the cemetery and the the thick Fear Street woods. Stories that most often turned out to be true...

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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