Review by Anniek
To all those who fear the darkened highway at night - but who choose to drive it anyway.
Booker, Rachel, Maia, Chucky and Norman are driving home after a Halloween party. Booker is behind the wheel of his father's truck. When they're near the dead man's curve Rachel is asking Booker to slow down. Before there's a chance to turn the wheel something white is on the road. Booker and Rachel think they ran over a person. What they hit was white, having the same height and features as a human being. When they search the road they find nothing until one of them hears someone cry in the woods.
It is pitch-black outside and nobody is happy about going into the woods, but they can't leave behind an injured person. Together they start the search. It becomes obvious very soon that whatever is in the woods isn't in need of help. Instead it starts to hunt the five of them down. After a terrifying night Booker, Rachel, Maia, Chucky and Norman have high hopes of finding their way back to the truck. However, when the lines fade between reality and dreams anything is possible. What would you do when your worst nightmare is coming for you?
Everyone has their own personal fears. Dead Man's Curve made me feel those of Booker, Rachel, Maia, Chucky and Norman. When the friends figure out what's going on they also know who is next when the forest is giving them a nightmare again. They all handle the situations differently, just like normal people would. I liked the diversity of the characters a lot and the fact that they try to stick together through all the madness showed me their true friendship.
I started reading Dead Man's Curve late in the evening, because when I'm reading a creepy story the atmosphere must be right. This was a good choice since this story really gave me the chills. Because of everything I read before I have a pretty big imagination. You will never see me going into the woods at night and I would drive around it with my car if I can. If the accident in Dead Man's Curve would have happened to me I would have called an ambulance from my car and waited for backup. Alex Van Tol has written a detailed, crazy horror story. It's not a very long story and I finished it in no time. Dead Man's Curve makes the reader think outside the box and I liked that a lot. If you're a fan of The Blair Witch Project I highly recommend this book.
About Alex Van Tol
A born writer, Alex Van Tol cut her teeth on Stephen King novels so terrifying she had to turn them face-down on the floor in order to sleep at night. Alex writes across a broad range of genres for youth and adults, including contemporary, paranormal, historical and, of course, horror and thrillers. She lives between the mists and moody skies of Vancouver Island.
I'm the author of 13 YA and middle grade books. When I'm not writing, I travel to schools to speak with groups of students. I love visiting schools!
I also work as a full-time freelance writer, creating stories and articles for universities, government organizations, magazines and more.
A few random facts:
* The most I've ever written in a single day is 14,000 words. That was a very, very long day.
* I print. I don't use handwriting.
* I like cats and horses. I used to work as a wrangler on an Alberta ranch.
* Stephen King was my favourite writer growing up.
* Small spaces worry me. You won't find me wiggling through caves on my tummy anytime soon.
* My favourite authors are Jonathan Franzen, Cormac McCarthy, Paulo Coelho, Amy Tan, JK Rowling and Jeff Kinney.
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