There Will Be Lies Frozen Char­lotte

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Res­cu­ing the in­ner child

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454 pages | Hard­back/ ebook Au­thor: Nick Lake Pub­lisher: Blooms­bury Chil­dren’s

Af­ter be­ing run over

by a car and taken on the run by her over- protective mother, home­schooled teenager Shelby Cooper comes to re­alise just how much of her life is built on lies…

This YA story could be a straight- up com­ing- of- age tale, were it not for the pres­ence of Coyote, the Na­tive Amer­i­can trick­ster god. Shelby re­peat­edly en­ters “The Dreaming”, where Coyote tells her she has to res­cue “the child” from “The Crone”. The par­al­lels be­tween Shelby’s life, in which she’s forced to come to terms with a fam­ily she never knew she had, and her quest to save a stolen child in the Dreaming are clear ( and pos­si­bly all too ob­vi­ous). While the tale is well- con­structed there’s a lack of emo­tional depth that makes it all feel ul­ti­mately un­sat­is­fy­ing. Miriam McDon­ald

An army of Annabelles

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354 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook Au­thor: Alex Bell Pub­lisher: Stripes Pub­lish­ing

With sales of Ouija

boards on the up and pan­ick­ing priests warn­ing off po­ten­tial dab­blers, this YA hor­ror – the first in new range Red Eye – is well timed.

When So­phie and Jay play with a Ouija app they accidentally un­leash some­thing nasty. Trau­ma­tised, So­phie goes to stay with her un­cle in the coun­try. It’s not a great move: he lives in a creepy old house with his weird kids and a col­lec­tion of sin­is­ter dolls…

An­noy­ingly, the most in­trigu­ing idea here – the app – is left largely un­ex­plored in favour of a grab- bag of hor­ror tropes, some of which are more suc­cess­ful than oth­ers. Still, there are some sat­is­fy­ing ghost story scares and the dolls’ dia­logue is fun. Hor­ror fans will find it tame, but it makes for a solid en­try- level shocker. Will Salmon

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