Say Her Name - James Dawson
Source: Proof copy courtesy of Hot Key Books
Drip...drip...drip... In five days, she will come...
Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?
Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror - five days - but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before...
I don't do thrillers at all, I'm far too much of a wimp. I don't care if it's a YA book and I have kids at YA age. It's always been a no go. However, HotKey got in touch and offered me James Dawson's Say Her Name and for some unknown reason I really wanted to read it. Different story when it came mind, I'd read reviews and I was petrified haha. Anyway, I've actually just put it down and I can wholeheartedly say it was amazing. I loved absolutely every single minute of it. Yes, it was dark. Yes, it was terrifying. Yes, I wanted to put it down and start something new. I loved it.
We follow Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe as her, best friend Nay and a local lad called Caine decide to take on a Halloween dare which apparently summons up an old pupil called Bloody Mary from their boarding school Pipers Hall School For Young Ladies. Obviously nothing happens, but still a chill and nerves were felt. When a message appears in Bobbie's bathroom mirror saying 'five days' it starts a series of events that put Bobbie, Nay & Caine all at grave danger.
So you know I loved it. The plot was spot on, it had me gripped from the start. It is fantastically written, and I absolutely loved how it was staged over the five days. Each day I got a sense of dread in me and I felt that I was in the countdown for Bloody Mary to get me too.
I have to say it really did shock me too, I did not expect it to twist and turn into something that actually quite upset me in a way I didn't think it would. It's Boss! (Sorry I know that's dead scouse, but there's no other word for me that better for it.)
I recommend this book to anyone who's wanted a chilling, dark, mysterious read.
A jigsaw puzzle of paranormal activity