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Book Review: Open Evening by Lee Hall

Sometimes you don’t get to choose where you are placed in the collective ecosystem of a high school.

Luke Hartford spends his days on the fringes of social inadequacy. A normal day at his small town American High School can be described as horrific. That is until events take a turn for the worse. After a vision, Luke realises there is something other than the horror of trying to fit in lurking just under the surface.

A mysterious stranger arrives in town and the teachers are acting weirder than normal. Soon enough Luke and an unlikely team of allies must fight their way towards survival, even if they don’t really know who to trust. The question is, who will survive the Open Evening?

“If I can see you, they can see you.”

Genre: Horror

Published: September 21st 2016

My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

Open Evening is the first book I have read by Lee Hall and it has left me craving more. Not being my usual read, I started this book thinking that I wouldn’t be able to finish it, as is usual with other books I have read in the same genre, but this was one book I couldn’t NOT finish. Open Evening has it all: Mystery, suspense, romance, and of course the scare factor.

If I can see you, they can see you.

The main character, Luke Hartford, just wants to be normal and fit in with high school’s social hierarchy, if he gets the girl too, then even better. The night before the school’s open evening is due to take place, Luke has a dream, but is it a dream or is it a warning of what’s to come? Luke goes through the day as normal, but then de ja vu starts to kick in and the dream he had starts to become a reality. Can Luke save his school, save the girl, and save himself?

We had to get out of there; the screams of the dying and destroyed were only attracting more of them.

The action starts pretty early on in Open Evening and continues right through until the end, and with the help of Twister, a mysterious stranger who knows a lot more than our young heroes, they manage to escape the school and learn more about the horrible creatures that have taken over.

The unexpected is a wonderful thing. Anything can come from such a place including the horrors and mystery surrounding it.

Overall, Lee Hall has done a fantastic job at setting the scene, portraying the characters, and telling a superb story. The characters drew you out and make you want to follow them on their adventure. Open Evening is full of twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and leave you wanting more.

My star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

Book Links:  Goodreads  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

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Disclaimer: cover image and blurb taken from Goodreads.


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