Imaginary Friend

Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary Friend

Stephen Chbosky

Leaving your house in the middle of the night.
Knowing your mother is doing her best,
but she’s just as scared as you.
Starting a new school, making friends.
Seeing how happy it makes your mother.
Hearing a voice, calling out to you.
Following the signs, into the woods.
Going missing for six days.
Remembering nothing about what happened.
Something that will change everything…
And having to save everyone you love.

I was attracted to this book after the authors previous novel ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’. This book started well. You slowly become aware of the two main characters, Christopher and his mother. Fleeing from an abusive relationship, they don’t lead a normal life, moving home regularly. Their homes just steps to get further away from Kate, his mothers past boyfriend, Jerry.

I really wanted to like this book but found it rather long and repetitive at times. Different viewpoints through the book added at times, yet muddled the clarity of the words as a whole. Psychological thrillers I guess aren’t really my cup of tea. The last hundred or so pages were hard for me to read. The characters weren’t perfectly drawn for me, not fully fleshed out, as you’d expect for a book this long.

The atmospheric nature of the area described had the desired effect to make me feel totally uneasy. I guess fans of Stephen King will love this sort of book, but for me I’m sorry to say I didn’t. Some will love this and say it’s the best, but for me it was a marmite book.

This ARC book was sent for a fair and honest review by the author via NetGallery  . The resulting review is my honest thoughts after reading the book.

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