• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 21, 2016)
A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.
“A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare,” raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblay’s previous novel, which received widespread critical acclaim. Now Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale just as powerful and unsettling.
Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a nearby state park.
The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her eleven-year-old daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy’s disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration. Neither the state nor local police have uncovered any leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out at a landmark they have renamed Devil’s Rock.
Living in an all-too-real nightmare, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a wraithlike apparition of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadowy figure peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy’s journals begin to mysteriously appear—entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; the coming zombie “pocketclips”; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connected them all.
As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more ominous and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night at Devil’s Rock.
Tremblay deftly blends literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror into an absorbing tale that illuminates a parent’s darkest fears . . . and an adolescent’s darkest secrets. Eerie, thought-provoking, and soul-shattering, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock will haunt you long after Tommy’s final journal entry is read.
Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay. Thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher William Morrow for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock is a thriller about a young boy named Tommy who disappears on night and of his family trying to figure out what happened to Tommy. During the search and investigation lies are uncovered and relationships are tested, to uncover the truth about what happened to Tommy.
This is my first reading experience with Paul Tremblay’s work and I was really excited to dig into this book as I have heard of the author. Once I read the title of the book and also the synopsis, I knew I had to read it and that it was going to be a good thrilling read. It was definitely that, and so much more.
As a person who is at the same time intrigued and freaked out by stories centered around disappearances, I was literally freaked out for most of this book. The tone was definitely creepy and thrilling, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It probably didn’t help much that I read the bulk of this book at night in bed while everyone else was sleeping.
There were alot of things that I enjoyed about this book besides the overall tone and the plot in general. I thought it was really well written and I thought the characters were beautifully crafted and fleshed out. They seemed very real to me. The events also seemed very real to me and I was full of all of these emotions while reading it – fear, grief, terror being three that I can definitely point out. I also liked the way the story was told in regular narrative prose but also in journal format and transcript pages. I love when authors blend multiple formats in order to tell a story and in this case, it definitely works very well and is integral to the story.
This is one thriller that kept me guessing, which I loved. I also loved that it seemed to be a blend between a few different genres, most notably psychological thriller with supernatural elements which was interesting and fed the “creepy” vibe I got from it.
So, yeah! I am highly recommending this with a five star review! If you love thrillers, I am betting that you will enjoy this one or even if you are just looking for a really good read that will fly by due to you not being able to put it down, definitely check this one out! I, myself, am interested in reading more from this author!
About Paul Tremblay
Paul Tremblay is a multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist and the author of the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. He has served as the president of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous year’s-best anthologies.