Book Reviews, YA book reviews

What We All Saw by Mike Lucas – ARC Review

 

whatweallsaw

 

My Rating ~ Four Stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE:  May 2022

Format: Paperback

Pages: 300

Publisher: Penguin Books

 

 

Blurb

 

Witches only exist in stories. Everyone knows that. But what if the stories are real?

FOUR FRIENDS. FOUR TRUTHS. ONE NIGHTMARE.

If you wander into the wood …
If you hear scratching sounds from the Old Quarry …
If you go too close to the edge …

WATCH. OUT.

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Penguin Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

 

Four friends go into the woods. They shouldn’t be anywhere near Hags Drop, everyone has heard the rumours of the witches that were thrown off the cliffs there years ago and the whispers that say a witch still haunts the spot. But they’re there anyway.  Daring each other to approach the cliff and look down.  After witnessing something that means a boy won’t be returning home, they make a pact to never speak of what they saw or heard. But will that be enough to save them?

With a similar setting, group of friends and set of fears, What We All Saw was reminiscent of IT, starring a witch instead of a clown. Creepy and atmospheric, without feeling like a truly scary horror book, I really enjoyed the interwoven stories that pulled the history of the witch rumours together. 

The characters all had interesting backgrounds and the dynamics between them made their sometimes unlikely friendship the star of the story. There was plenty of witty banter to break up the seriousness of the situations they found themselves in too. 

Shell was by far my favourite character. Born blind, she notices things the boys don’t and has no problem standing up to the ‘leader’ of their group. 

I feel like this is a great intro to the Stephen King style horror for YA fans, without having to slog through 1000 page books like IT. 😄

 

 

 

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