Book Review

Horrid

Jane North-Robinson has suffered a tragic loss that has left her family full of grief and broke so they are forced to move cross country to her grandparents estate in Maine. This house has more secrets about Jane’s life than she could have imagined Jane finds herself facing something truly horrid…. 

My Thoughts

I remember when this book first came out and I was purely obsessed with the cover and wanted to know more. However, as I usually am, I was distracted by so many other books on my shelf that I ended up forgetting about this read. But, when a friend asked my buddy to read it during this spooky season, how could I refuse? 

This book was such a shocking and truly uncomfortable read to get through. 

It made: 

My jaw drop

Jump in fright and surprise 

Feel completely creeped out

Want to rip my hair out 

All the things that make a good thriller and I was in pure love. 

The story was a slow burn psychological thriller with elements of paranormal entities sprinkled in. Each part of the book had such unique and interesting titles that brought you into the meat of the story. It really kept the story in a spooky mood, but also kept the story fresh and exciting. 

I honestly had no idea what I was expecting with this book, but it definitely wasn’t this and I loved it. However, this story was a slow burn so it took a minute for it to get spooky. It also was so slow that it kind of rattled your mind in a way that made you think that you were getting as crazy as the main character. There were so many moments in the plot that made you second guess EVERYTHING. I found myself thinking, “Was that a noise or am I just hoping it was to scare myself?” 

Although the story was super funky, fresh for a thriller and took me to places mentally that I never suspected, I found the characters…. Soooooo annoying. Jane’s point of view made me cringe soooo many times and I just wanted it to end. However, I understood her naivety to a degree because she was kept in the dark by the only person she thought she could trust. She honestly handled it much better than I would based on the circumstances. 

However, when it came to her mother… I was annoyed on a completely different level… 

Her mother was a TERRIBLE mother in more ways than one and a LOT of confusion would have been avoided if she had just told the truth.  I wanted to punch her in the face on more than occasion for sureeeee!!! 

The ending was also a witness to my annoyance because…. WTF!?! I needed more information and I felt really jipped…. I read the ending at least three times to see if I missed anything… I did NOT. 

Overall, this thriller got me in the mood for spooky season, but robbed me wrong in the end…. 

My Book Rating

4.5/5 Suspense  

4/5 Heebie Jeebies 

4/5 Plot

4/5 Characters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Horrid by Katrina Leno 

Genre: Paranormal Thriller  

Published on September 15, 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copy Read: ebook (Kindle)  

Pages: 327 

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