Say Her Name by James Dawson

How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

18621200Genre: Horror

Previously reviewed:
Cruel Summer
Hollow Pike
Being a Boy

Synopsis: Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before… A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted ‘Queen of Teen’ author James Dawson.

A slightly different review: I will admit it; I’m a bit of a James Dawson fan. So when I got the chance to read Say Her Name for review, well “excited” is an understatement. 😛
Instead of enjoying London sights I curled up in my hotel room and read.

By the time I was finished (because this has to be read in one sitting) I’d –

  • covered all the mirrors in my room (which was a task because there were 3 and they are massive. How vain do hotel’s think you are?)
  • realised that sleeping was just not going to happen.

I used to think I was a big wimp when it came to horror but after a massive movie binge in this genre I know I’m not. So consider yourself warned.

Say Her Name is scary (& brilliant) because James Dawson messes with your head. It builds slowly, creeping you out more and more. You just can’t but the book down. You have to know what will happen and find yourself checking the mirrors or working out what odd noises are, those would never normally bother you.

Also I loved the characters, especially Bobbie. But what really wins is the “epic awesome read” award is the way the writing and story rack up the tension.

James Dawson might dare you to “Say Her Name” but I know I won’t
because what if…

Recommend it?

Sunshine Star


Expected publication:
June 5th 2014 by Hot Key Books

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