I've been wanting to read this one since people first started reviewing/talking about it before it even came out. That's because I loved the author's other book, The Shadow of the Wind, a whole lot. Perfect mix of creepy, literary, mystery and romance.
So, this one is similar, with a whole lot MORE creepy thrown in. In fact, I'd say it borders on the horror genre. What makes a horror book a horror book anyway? Somebody explain. Because if this book were a movie, let me just say, I'd be hiding my eyes and jumping out of my skin many many times!
It's about this kid who wants to be an author and through the mentoring of a couple of nurturing guys in his life, his dream comes true. Sort of. But then things get a bit complicated and aren't working out quite as he'd like, and to help "fix" it, he makes a bargain with a mystery dude who defines the word creepy.
It's then that things start getting worse, instead of better. He begins to discover stuff that point to the situation not ending well for him. And it goes on from there.
This story has several "haunted" houses, many shady characters, lots and lots of dead bodies, and those ever wonderful unexpected "jump out at you" moments. I loved it. Perfect for the RIP challenge and for fall/ Halloween reading.