Saturday, October 29, 2011

Trick or Treat - A Spooky Book Review

Recently re-released in Ebook format, Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick.  

About the book: 

Product Description (from

A young girl is tormented by her new house’s terrible past
Martha wants to be happy for her father. She likes his new wife—even if she’s a terrible cook—but she doesn’t understand why they had to leave Chicago and move to this horrible house in the country. It’s big, broken-down, and miles from anywhere, alone in the woods with nothing on the property but an overgrown cemetery. But at night it doesn’t feel empty.

Conor—her new, weird stepbrother—chose Martha’s new room for her. It’s dark and drafty, and no matter how she tries to fix it up, she can’t sleep easily there. At night, whispers come from the closet, filling Martha with a sense that something terrible happened here. She’s right. Not long ago, the house was the site of a gruesome murder. When Conor and Martha’s parents leave town on their honeymoon, the two teens will find out why the dead don’t rest easy at the old Bedford house.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richie Tankersley Cusick including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

What I thought:  

Creepy doesn't even begin to describe this book!  Although not gory, it has a unique scariness to it.  If it was a movie, I'd have had my eyes closed through most of it!  Step-siblings thrown in an old, reportedly "haunted" house, while their parents honeymoon across the country ... hidden secret passageways within the house ... a cemetery in their backyard ... and it's Halloween!  

I loved this book, even though I was afraid to turn the page sometimes.  I think that it is a good YA book, better for kids in early high school years and late middle school - I have a 5th grader and a 4th grader - I think they'd have enjoyed this as a movie but the book is a little above their reading level.  

If you're looking for a spooky, Halloween book for your kids to read (while the East Coast is bracing for snow this Halloween weekend,)  I definitely recommend adding this to your reading list!!

Note:  I was provided a free galley copy of this book from the Publisher via in exchange for my honest review.  I was not paid or otherwise compensated to provide a favorable review. 

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