Red Rain

Red Rain

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by R. L. Stine
     
 

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The author of the New York Times bestselling Goosebumps and Fear Street series uses his knack for creating terror to tap into some very grown up fears in this terrifying horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, at the wrong…  See more details below

Overview

The author of the New York Times bestselling Goosebumps and Fear Street series uses his knack for creating terror to tap into some very grown up fears in this terrifying horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, at the wrong place at the wrong time, and barely escapes with her life when a freak hurricane cuts through the island. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys—twins—and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family is not quite so pleased. But no one could anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that within a few weeks’ time, Lea’s husband, a controversial child psychologist, will be implicated in two brutal murders.

For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a “creepy, fun read” (Library Journal) from a beloved master of the genre.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Goosebumps YA series creator Stine fails to compel in his first horror novel for adults. After a destructive hurricane, travel blogger Lea Sutter encounters homeless 12-year-old “twin angels” Daniel and Samuel on a South Carolina island and brings them home to Long Island. Stine quickly immerses the family in tension and horror as the boys’ presence and supernatural abilities provoke conflict in Lea’s family. Although Stine makes the twins’ malicious intentions very clear, most of the adults seem astonishingly oblivious. Lea’s husband’s assurances to their children (“We’re all safe here. You don’t have to be scared”) ring hollow as the twins pursue their dark goals. Lea, whose devotion to Daniel and Samuel is described as “love at first sight,” becomes increasingly protective of them and immersed in nightmares of her island experiences. A predictable and disappointing conclusion is upended by a final tantalizing image that feels like a movie-viewer’s reward for sitting through interminable credits. (Oct.)
Booklist
“Stine has a freshly terrifying story to tell, and he tells it with gusto, ratcheting up the chills until we’re frozen in our chairs. Parents, be warned: this is emphatically not for younger readers.”
Associated Press Staff
“It's a page turner until the end, with short chapters that help increase the pace. Stine enjoys himself writing not for kids but about them.”
MysteryNet.com
“With this brilliantly written novel "Red Rain", Stine proves that he definitely has it in him to challenge the greats in the Thriller/Horror genre ... think Dean Koontz, Douglas Preston, Harlan Coben and then amp-it-up by a hundred!”
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“Stine has a freshly terrifying story to tell, and he tells it with gusto, ratcheting up the chills until we’re frozen in our chairs. Parents, be warned: this is emphatically not for younger readers.”

“It's a page turner until the end, with short chapters that help increase the pace. Stine enjoys himself writing not for kids but about them.”

“Stine’s story is a creepy, fun read.…"

“With this brilliantly written novel "Red Rain", Stine proves that he definitely has it in him to challenge the greats in the Thriller/Horror genre ... think Dean Koontz, Douglas Preston, Harlan Coben and then amp-it-up by a hundred!”

Library Journal
Best known for his popular novels for children and young adults ("Goosebumps" and "Fear Street" series), Stine is back with his fourth adult novel (Superstitious; The Sitter; Eye Candy). Visiting a remote island off the South Carolina coast, travel blogger Lea Sutter witnesses a mysterious ritual thought to bring back the dead. Soon after, a devastating hurricane ravages the island. Among the few survivors, Lea finds orphaned twin boys and adopts them. Back home on Long Island, Lea's husband, Mark, and their two biological children are apprehensive about the mysterious boys. Soon a murder occurs. And then another. VERDICT Brutal and gory, with graphic language and adult content, the novel features a simple and direct style that allows the reader to visualize the action. While the subject of evil children isn't new in the horror genre, Stine's story is a creepy, fun read. Recommended for original admirers of his teen and children's books as well as fans of horror fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 7/1/12.]—Carolann Curry, Mercer Univ. Medical Lib., Macon, GA
Kirkus Reviews
YA fearmonger Stine tries his hand at adult horror, with decidedly jejune results. When travel blogger Lea Sutter (ignoring urgent forecasts) visits a Carolina coastal island just before a hurricane, that is only the first of the foolhardy decisions that Stine's plot demands. (What if horror characters went on strike and refused to throw caution to the wind?) After the hurricane levels the island, Lea witnesses carnage, lovingly described. While walking in an ominous post-hurricane red rain, she's approached by two angelic-looking twin boys, Daniel and Samuel, who utter anachronisms in brogue. Instead of calling Child Protective Services, Lea takes the 12-year-old twins home to Sag Harbor over the objections of husband Mark, a child psychologist and the author of a controversial parenting book. The Sutter offspring, Ira, who is also 12, and teenager Elena, resent the interlopers, as does Mark's sister, Roz, particularly when Daniel, the obvious sociopath of the duo, keeps comparing her young son to a monkey. The book occasionally switches point of view to the twins, so right away readers know they are scamming the well-meaning Long Islanders, but to what end? At the same time, they seem to have a plan for world domination, starting with ruling their new middle school. In fact, the child characters take up so much space that, but for the sex and profanity in the adult sections, this could easily be another Fear Street or Goosebumps chapter book. Aside from wondering when the police (who also share narrative duties) and the Sutters are going to catch on to who is responsible for some bizarre and garishly depicted mayhem, readers will be puzzling over exactly which horror stereotype fits the twins. Are they zombies from the past, as a bit of foreshadowing hinted? Are they demons or just your garden variety bad seeds? Bottom line, they cannot wreak havoc without the witless collusion of the adult characters, who are definitely not on strike. More icky than scary.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451636147
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
67,056
File size:
3 MB

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Douglas Preston
I picked up R.L. Stine’s RED RAIN and for the life of me couldn’t put it down. From the opening scene—which is plenty shocking—a terrifying and original story unspools that draws the reader in like a moth to flame. The suspense builds to the breaking point and goes beyond... and beyond. This is a sophisticated thriller with real characters, crisp writing, and a wicked sense of humor. Keep this book far, far away from your kids.
Kathy Reichs
Leave the light on and the door locked. R.L. Stine is now scaring the bejeezus out of grown-ups. RED RAIN will put goose bumps on even the toughest adult.
Harlan Coben
RED RAIN is a slam-bang, stay-up-all-night, leave-the-lights-on thriller. R.L. Stine has scared kids for years. Now it's our turn...
Brad Meltzer
This is the moment I've been terrified of — when R.L. Stine decided he wasn't just going to scare children, but that he would focus his power on frightening the rest of us. Ready to be haunted by the master? RED RAIN proves he's got nightmares for us all.
Steve Berry
Come on! There's simply no need to frighten somebody that much. But what else should we expect from the undisputed master of fear. R.L. Stine is a name synonymous with excellence. He's made a career out of scaring children. Now he's turned his attention to adults in a dark, all-too-real-tale, that brings the unimaginable to life. Make sure the doors are locked and all of the lights are on in the house before you open this one up.

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Meet the Author

R.L. Stine invented the teen horror genre with Fear Street, the bestselling teen horror series of all time. He also changed the face of children’s publishing with the mega-successful Goosebumps series, which Guinness World Records cites as the Bestselling Children’s Books ever, and went on to become a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, and their dog, Nadine.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 8, 1943
Place of Birth:
Columbus, Ohio
Education:
B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
Website:
http://www.rlstine.com

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Red Rain: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not much of a reader, but I could not put this book down. I finished it in one week and was sad it was over. Looking forward to his next one.
Ixchel_99 More than 1 year ago
A fun easy read, definitely reminiscent of "Children of the Damned". I'd like to see this author dig deeper into the darkness of his adult psyche, let's see what original horror is in his mind. The story is well written and carries you easily along with a nice little twist at the end. I'll be looking forward to the next book, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I will say is I would have liked this novel a lot better if I was 13.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read many Goosebump stories back in the day, and still encourage young readers to try them. This was a fun read. Revenir, revenir, revenir. Once I started, I couldn't stop reading. Stayed up at night reading like I used to with the Goosebump stories.
ENMBookworm More than 1 year ago
I was a big fan of R.L. Stine as a kid and was excited to see he had written an adult novel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I was not scared at any point in the book. The storyline was weird and the only thing "adult" about the book was the sex scene and the gore. It wasn't a bad book, but definitely not up there with the other adult suspense/thriller writers. He is a good storyteller for the younger readers, but sorry to say I won't be reading any future adult books.
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
I was super excited when I had seen that R.L. Stine was writing adult fiction. I was an avid reader of his Fear Street series in high school. When I got the chance to review his latest, Red Rain, I couldn’t say no. Lea Sutter has survived Hurricane Ernesto on the island of Cape Le Chat Noir and found two orphaned angelic looking twin boys, Daniel and Samuel, who lost their family. She immediately feels the need to be their mother and bring them home to her husband, Mark, and her children. Mark is a renowned child psychologist whose latest book has a lot of parents gunning for him. Once situated the twins began their devious plans to “rule the school”. Mark is immediately unsettled with the children and feel that they are taking his wife away from him. The twins decide that they need Mark out of their way so they kill several people that could be linked to Mark in order to frame him. Let’s just say the only unique party of this book is the intriguing island that Lea was on. I had high hopes after reading about this island that the dead and the living coexist. Lea also witnesses a ritual that men commit suicide and then brought back to life. Once Lea leaves the island that is the end of it. Nothing really ties back to it. We already know the twins are evil and it is no secret when the murders are committed who were behind it. Red Rain is full of gore as a good horror book should have but that is about it. It did not have a scare factor at all and personally the narrator wasn’t my cup of tea. It was just like any other horror book I have read before. Every now and then Stine threw in a sex scene that felt forced and a “have to” for it to be considered an “adult” book. The police detectives were not very intelligent and seemed to be typical for what you would find in a standard horror novel. Still, if you are a diehard R.L. Stine reader then you will enjoy the trip down memory lane in his latest gruesome creation. (Audiobook was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad horror novel but, then, not great either. The book is fun if not a bit cliche. The twist I didn't see coming but should have. Reading this is like watching a decent horror movie on Fear Net. The book does hold your interest as you try to figure what these twins are about but the other characters are rather flat. Plot is okay. The book is probably most fun for fans of the old series Fear Street. There's a familiarity there and the book reads fast. Like most of Fear Street, however, Red Rain is just not good enough to stick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish writers would use y'all correctly. Contraction for you all: plural. Used when one is referring to a group. One person: you. Group of people: y'all. If there are, say, ten people: all y'all. Come on y'all!
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I've loved his books since I was a kid, and this one was great.
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It had its moments but unless you are a big RL Stine fan, I would not recommend it as a "must read" for the thriller/horror aficionados out there.
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This booj is really good
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Aside from the first thirty pages, I finished this book in one day. It was so good and kept my attention. I couldn't put it down. I loved his goosebumps books when I was a kid and now I love his adult book.
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