Thursday, 26 May 2016

Review - 99 Fear Street: The House Of Evil: The Second Horror

Pocket Books; 150 pages; Amazon
If you didn't notice, I skipped posting last week's Thursday ReReads as I just didn't have time to squeeze in another book. However, since then I have had time to read 99 Fear Street: The House Of Evil: The Second Horror by R.L. Stine.

The sequel picks up several months after the shocking ending of the first book with a brand new family, the McCloys, moving into the 99 Fear Street house. The family had lived on a island for several years until their son Brandt had a "death" experience, so they thought it would be best to start anew by moving to Shadyside, Ohio. Sadly, they weren't aware that their new house is haunted!

Actually, the entire Fear Street is haunted. It's named after the late Simon Fier, who was apart of a cult that sacrificed many innocent lives during the 19th century right there on what is now called Fear Street. 30 years prior to the McCloys moving into the house on Fear Street, the original owners were murdered within minutes of entering the house.

Brandit McCloy instantly knows that there is something wrong with his new home, especially after a strange accident kills his beloved cat. He starts hearing strange sounds at night and has visions/nightmares of a teenager girl who might have died right there in his bedroom. Then he stumbles upon a diary that belonged to the late Cally Fraiser and the horror hidden within 99 Fear Street is unleashed.

Final Thoughts: I originally read the 99 Fear Street trilogy back in 1994 when I was in the 7th grade. Like all Fear Street titles, the stories are written with a 80s horror vibe with twisted endings. "The Second Horror" is more of a teenage drama with a few scary elements tossed about, which includes the ghost of Cally Frasier (the teenager from the previous book). Overall, 99 Fear Street: The House Of Evil: The Second Horror is the weakest link in the trilogy. It's still a good read, it's just not up to par with the other two books.

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