Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Rules

Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie's The Rules took me back to my days of reading Christopher Pike novels on the beach all summer long. This is a trashy popcorn read that is self-described as a mix of "Saw" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer." That's an apt description for a book about wealthy teens getting killed off in ways that relate to their various flaws and vices.

One problem I had was the multiple perspectives made it difficult to keep track of the characters. Luckily, they were all massive stereotypes, so I just had to check the list in my head, "Is that the 'roid rage jock, the all-star athlete, or the druggy band member?" The characters weren't well-written enough to get attached to them, so it was easy to watch their gruesome deaths and wait to see who the actual killer is.

It's not a great book, but it hooks you in and I can see it being popular with developing readers who want some light horror.

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