After the Benson family is left a house from their long lost uncle, when he dies, they pick up and move to a new town called Dark Falls. When the family arrives at the house that is inherited to them the Benson children, 12-year-old Amanda and 11-year old Josh Benson, aren’t entirely thrilled, in fact they’re immediately creeped out by the old creepy old looking house and its the seemingly strange town. Also their dog Petey seems to agree with the children and start barking randomly and acting oddly when they arrive at the house. Their parents assure them that everything is perfectly fine and that once they settle in and make friends everything will be back to normal. But everything is far from normal, after a few days of Amanda and Josh living in their new home they begin to see and experience things that aren’t there that is until they meet some of the neighborhood kids and things start making sense why Dark Falls seems so dark.
I am sure everyone in the world has heard of the book series Goosebumps, especially if you’re a 90’s child like me. Goosebumps was everywhere growing up and I wanted to give the first book a try to see how it held up with being an adult now.
The first thing I noticed was that the writing wasn’t the best. I know it’s a children’s series, but I’ve seen better writing from other children book authors. Also it is the beginning book in the series so that could also be the reason for the choppy writing writing and overused punctuation (no I’m not perfect at grammar so I’m not going to nitpick too much lol) after that is looked over the story is pretty good.
I liked how they treated their dog Petey as part of the family instead of just a dog. I liked the plot of the story and the twists the book takes us on. Josh however was pretty whiny, especially at the beginning. I question the parents parenting skills, I mean who leaves their kids home alone to go to a party when they’ve just moved in and been complaining about weird things happening? I wouldn’t necessarily call these books horror books but they are spooky, even as an adult there was parts I was surprised to see in a children’s book.
It had a few cheesy moments but overall it’s a good book, I do hope the writing improves in the future books. The one I look most forward too is book two, Stay Out of The Basement, when I was a kid I would watch the tv series and that episode creeped me out!
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