Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki

When Gabriel's family has to move in with his horror novelist grandmother the only person he meets before school starts is Seth, the boy in the caretaker's house.  Seth proposes that the two boys play an adventure game where they are noblemen fighting the Hunter, a creature that eats children.  Seth is endlessly interested in the game but Gabriel loses interest when school starts and he makes other friends.  But Seth doesn't want their friendship to end and whenever he's around, strange things seem to happen and Gabriel begins to sense something lurking around him at home as well.  He is shocked to see a picture of the Hunter in one of his grandmother's books and to read the story which is all to familiar to him.  Have Seth and Gabriel awakened something real or is his imagination getting away from him?  This is a nicely creepy book for adults but I think it might be too slow for teens looking for something scary.