Review - Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror

Title: Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
Author: Chris Priestley
Series: Tales of Terror
Book: #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Release Date: September 18th 2007

My Rating:

Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house, but regular visits from his nephew, Edward, give him the opportunity to recount some of the most frightening stories he knows. As each tale unfolds, it becomes clear that something sinister is in the air.

From the account of a curious boy who intrudes on Old Mother Tallow's garden to a shy girl's ghostly encounter during an innocent game of hide and seek, a pattern emerges of young lives gone awry in the most terrifying of ways.

Young Edward begins to wonder just how Uncle Montague knows all these ghastly tales, and ultimately discovers that his mysterious uncle's life has a darker side than he ever imagined.

My Thoughts

This book was a pleasant surprise. I have read other books that are 'horror' aimed at children/teenagers and they always seem to not scare at all. Well this book is scary.

Almost all of the stories will get you goosebumps and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I must admit though, that some stories were sort of predictable, but not all.

I enjoyed the way Chris Priestley described the surroundings on which the stories took place, because he did it in a way that allowed you to visualize it perfectly.

This is the first book in a series of five, and this year I will read them all.

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