Carnival of Monsters (S.C.R.E.A.M. #2) by Andrew Beasley

If I had to recommend a mystery / thriller for children, teens as well as adults, then this would be it. A book that is not supremely scary yet makes for a perfect Halloween Week read. One can easily remark that Andrew Beasley is one of the best contemporary children’s story writer.

S.C.R.E.A.M. is a squad that deals with supernatural cases (including monsters such as Ghouls, Vampires, Mummies, etc.) and when Bunny’s 10 year old brother goes missing and no normal police force can locate him, it is Charlie and Billy, from the S.C.R.E.A.M. who come to their rescue. Read the book to find out whether they can save Arthur and the other young boys from the Carnival of Monsters.

What to expect :-

Exceptional writing that draws you into the locales of Hobb’s end, the village where the little boys disappear from. I absolutely loved how each of the scenes were so excellently described that it seemed to seep out of the pages.

A real page-turner. I completed this book in two hours dot (considering I was reading this during Dewey’s 24 hour readathon) and it kept me wanting for more.

The brilliant chemistry between Charlie and Billy was the highlight of the book. Charlie’s exceptional mind and impressing scientific knowledge and Billy’s sixth sense and nose for picking up supernatural aura is what makes them a brilliant team. I am hoping to read more from the S.C.R.E.A.M. series.

The comic timing and sense of humour in the story is impeccable. The occasional laughs makes this book a light and entertaining read.

However ..

I wish the story had a little more scary moments. I was missing the chills and jumps terribly.

Publisher : Usborne Publishing

Pages : 240

Rating : 4 / 5

You can buy the book here.


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