Day 25 – A Book That Frightened You
I don’t read scary stories because I’m way too scared for that kind of thing. I want to like reading horror stories but I then get scared of things jumping out from dark places and I really don’t need that kind of anxiety in my life.
There is only really one book I can think of here and I’m not sure it’s even that great of a scary book.
A book that frightened me was A Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
I don’t like zombies. I think they are the most ridiculous of paranormal beings but they are also the ones that creep me out the most. Funnily enough I actually love the Resident Evil games but I can’t play them on my own because I’m too scared. I can’t even watch Let’s Plays alone.
A Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan was a book that I was actually given as a gift. I thought the title was excellent, I love it actually, but the plot wasn’t something I was too keen to get behind because, you know, undead. I don’t read zombie books for a reason so I’m really unsure why I read this one.
Its not exactly zombies. I mean they’re not called zombies but the idea is strong enough behind them.
But it isn’t just the undead, it’s the village it’s set in. It’s creepy. The people are creepy and the sisterhood is creepy and honestly the whole place makes my skin crawl. But the book has me gripping the edge of my seat like, what the hell was going to happen next?
The characters aren’t bad and I enjoyed following Marie’s decent into complete madness. But I didn’t like her very much, she seems like a very selfish character who really only causes pain to those around her. The book was very gracefully written and at times it was easy to forget that the undead surrounded the small fenced off village. But I couldn’t fully forget that the village was very poorly defended from creatures happy to tear you apart in an instant. It made me uncomfortable and it took me weeks after I finished reading it to be happy returning home from work alone at night. It left a lot of things unanswered and I would have liked some points in the plot cleared up but I guess that it gets addressed in later books in the series? I doubt I’ll ever pluck up the nerve to finish the series. This was enough creepy undead things for me, thanks.
If I couldn’t even handle this I’m certain I won’t manage the likes of Stephen King. Gosh, what a delicate flower I am.