Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ivy has been away from the Dark House for a few months now, and she was released from the hospital for 2.5 weeks. She has learned that no one will really listen to her story and the FBI and the police are not really believing anything she is telling them anymore. Plus, they aren't telling HER anything, so she is getting nowhere to finding out more about her almost-killer at the Dark House.
And her nightmares have become daily. They sometimes come when she is just daydreaming. She can't realize when she's in real life and when she's imagining things. Ivy is slowly becoming crazy, because she knows that it is not over with the Dark House killer.
Then Ivy gets contacted via email again by the Nightmare Elf address - just like before. The second film has begun and Ivy is needed to be the main actress in the movie. And if she doesn't star in it - without telling anyone what she is doing - then all of the survivors from the first Dark House will just have to be cut.
This time Ivy is prepared to do what she has to do to save the teens she met and befriended at the Dark House. She is not scared anymore - but she is scared of losing Parker and the others. Ivy is going to fight her way to the end of this nightmare and save as many of her friends as she can.
When Ivy and Taylor go to the new Dark House - the boarding school - they were underestimating what the Nightmare Elf was going to do. And Ivy is going to have to fight with every bone in her body and bleed from everywhere in order to ensure that she can save everyone. Even if it means that she might not survive herself...
Oh wow! I seriously love this series! Seriously! I wanted a creepy, horror book and I was blessed with TWO in a series that were amazing and scared the crap out of me. The writing was amazing and it kept me engaged the entire time I was reading the book. There was never a moment where I was like, "this is just me reading a boring book". It was suspenseful, edge of my seat suspense that I couldn't get enough of. There were some moments, actually, where I had to wait until it was daylight outside to continue reading because it was a bit too much creepiness for me at night! Ha!
I was so invested in this story line and I really want more, even though I saw that the author stated that a third book was in the plans, but things didn't go the way she wanted and it's only going to be two books. I can deal with the ending of this book, but I would be the first one on board for another novel in this series.
I was thoroughly creeped out and my mission was successful. I am definitely going to recommend this to my book club and see if anyone else gets creeped out as much as I did! :)
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