by Alexandra Sirowy
Published by Simon &Schuster
Publish Date August 18, 2015
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.
Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.
And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
I gave this novel 4 stars because of the characters. The storyline itself once it took hold was greatness; a straight out of Hollywood movie. Let me see if I can explain myself.
As an adult reading a YA novel I found the characters to just awful, hateful, bitches. I even considered dropping the book. I know teenagers act this way. They did when I was in school too. There was not one redeemable quality in these girls. I know characters have to grow and all but it was such a turn off for me. It wasn’t until around chapter ten or so that I could notice a change in the MC, Stella. Why am I telling you? Because I don’t want you to be put off by the beginning and not read this book. I am telling you it is worth it. I saw other readers’ reviews that were put off by the characters too but trust me; look past that.
Now to tell you about the story itself! The Creeping makes the Boogie Man look like a soft, cuddly kitten. These are the stories your grandparents told you keep you in line. I grew up hearing a tale similar to this too. The Creeping weaves in Norse folklore, mysterious disappearances, and murders going back decades. At the age of six, Stella witness the disappearance of her friend Jeanie. Unfortunately she has no memory of it. Fast forward to the summer before Stella’s senior year and the finding of body of a young child, who looks eerily similar to Jeanie, on the anniversary of Jeanie’s disappearance. Creepy! Stella is trying to recall her memories of that fateful day and why she kept repeating “don’t go looking for monsters cause you just might find them” over 200 times.
The Creeping weaves together an emotional, mysterious, supernatural tale that left me afraid to take the dogs out in the dark. Hearing twigs crack and leaves rattle in the dark took on a whole new meaning. It will also leave you wondering if the Creeping is real or just a tale used to cover up decades of unexplained events.