MacHale, D.J. Morpheus Road: The Light
Aladdin see Simon Schuster 2010 352p 17.99
978-1-4169-6516-9 ms/hs Horror VG-BN
Like ghost stories, try living one! (from the promotional trailer) Marshall Seaver loves to draw. One of his characters comes to life and is trying to kill him. Marsh thinks it is connected to the disappearance of his best friend and tries to solve the mystery.
In a week Marshall Seaver’s life changes. His best friend, Cooper, gets in trouble and must go with his family to their lake cottage for the summer. Strange things happen to Marsh the same night that Cooper disappears. Gravedigger, a character that Marsh loves to draw, comes to life and wants to kill Marsh. Since Cooper is the only one who has ever understood Marsh and to whom he feels he can tell anything, Marsh gets a ride to the lake. Once he hears that Cooper has disappeared, he starts searching for answers. What he discovers is much more frightening that he thought he could imagine.
There are some very intense haunting scenes and then the pace slows so that you think it is safe to sleep without the light on. Then, of course, the terror begins again.
This book is a divergence for MacHale who is better known for the Pendragon series. He says he has always loved ghost stories and did have some experience with the genre writing for a related TV series.
Older middle school and high school students, boys especially, will love this and will hardly be able to wait for the next installment. Older middle school and high school students, boys especially, will love this and will hardly be able to wait for the next installment. Theal(1), Joan