The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss (3 Stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This novella was a quick read.  The story centers around Harris, the handyman at the Stillbrook Apartments, his wife, Lynn, and their children.  They are residents at Stillbrook, along with a few other strange characters.  When Halloween is cancelled, things go awry, to say the least.

The book is told primarily from Harris and Lynn’s viewpoints, with some secondary viewpoints along the way.  Harris and Lynn’s marriage and family problems take center place.  Each of them overtly favor one child over the other.  It makes it very hard for the reader to side with either as you can sometimes see both of them may be right.  Then things start to get really strange with their children and with other Stillbrook residents.  Unfortunately, the book then ends with a gory, grisly ending which I just didn’t care for.  The writing is a collaboration of two authors, and I loved the writing style and the creepy disturbing tone of the book right up until the way-too-graphic-for-me ending.

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