The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy is a YA standalone contemporary with a hint of horror.
“Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Only Stella came back.
Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush – until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.
Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.
She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.“
I was a little surprised with how this book turned out. With the cover and the synopsis, I thought this was going to be a little more creepy than what the writing actually came out with. I mean, there was a few parts where, mostly in the beginning, where it was a little skin-tingling, but other than that, this book read like a calmer, contemporary mystery.
Not to say that I was disappointed in this book. This book was an enticing murder mystery/thriller. There are psychological elements that the main character struggles with pertaining to the mysterious disappearance years ago. I liked seeing the mental health and mystery mix.
The characters though! I really have to say how annoying they are. Alexandra does a great job in portraying her characters to us through her writing. We read the typical high-school-popular characters that just continually get on our nerves. But then we have the character that you just want to chant for. I could feel myself getting mentally involved with the storyline. The writing is a great reflection of this.
Then as the book goes along, we get into more of the thriller aspect with a bunch of reawakened hype around this supposedly random disappearance that this town experienced. I found myself addicted to trying to figure out what could’ve happened before the end of the book.
Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The ending developed into a whole new plot twist that definitely surprised me. Everything wraps up pretty well at the end, but it was the annoying, drama-filled characters that sort of dragged me away from reading certain parts of the book. There were very few creepy points, but the book mostly covered a cold-case feel.
I would recommend this book for those who like slight-creepy moments but are huge fans of the realistic contemporary settings.
Published: 18 August 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Horror
How I Read It: Hardcover
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