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Say Her Name by James Dawson

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Say Her Name by James Dawson
Published by Hot Key Books, 2014

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe does not believe in ghosts. The Halloween dare she accepts which says she must summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary is no big deal especially when her best friend Naya and local boy Caine agree to join in too.

To summon the ghost they must say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear. But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

While they don't notice anything different straight away, sinister things soon start happening to them and they discover that they have only five days left from the moment they said her name until she will come for them and they will disappear, one by one...

Teenagers like to scare each other but what started out as Halloween fun, telling ghost stories at Bobbie’s boarding school suddenly turns into something a lot more sinister.

The dreams that haunt Bobbie and Caine are the stuff of real modern horror writing. The drip drip drip that indicates Mary’s presence immediately alerts the reader, and keeps you on the edge of your seat while Mary begins to manifest in mirrors and other reflective surfaces until there’s no escaping her.

The mystery comes together very with a satisfying twist at the end. If you’ve graduated from Goosebumps books as a child through Point Horror as a teen, then Say Her Name is the next step!