Alex is on his way to the incinerator when he is lured into and imprisoned in a witch's apartment. Natacha plans a horrible fate for Alex but another captive tells him that the witch loves stories. As it happens, Alex has his "nightbooks" - journals in which he he writes scary stories. Day by day he buys himself a little more time while he searches for an escape.
There are parts of this book I liked a lot but overall it was just an average read for me. I liked Alex's stories and his creativity and I cringed when they were damaged. I was equally absorbed and terrified during the mishap in the greenhouse because I didn't see how they were possibly going to fix that situation and it just kept getting worse! This will be a good horror story for my younger students because it is well-written but not too mature or overly scary. For me, I can appreciate the book but it didn't draw me in entirely.