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A Suspenseful Read for All-Hallows Eve

Title:  Raven’s Gate

Author(s): Anthony Horowitz



Summary: A sinister plot is boiling under the surface of Lesser Malling, and 14-year-old Matt Freedman is caught up right in the middle of it.  When Matt is given a choice between Jail and a foster program he chooses what he believes to be the lesser of two evils.  However, when he arrives in the remote Yorkshire village to live with his new guardian, the eerie Mrs. Deverill, truly ominous occurrences begin to take place.  Danger seems to surround the town, as ever-present as the menacing woods.  As people start to disappear it’s a race against the clock to uncover a twisted conspiracy involving the town’s people, an ancient prophesy, Matt’s own past, and the mysterious Raven’s Gate.

Review: Raven’s Gate was a suspenseful read the will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and wanting to find out what happens next the whole time.  The twists in this book are genuinely surprising and keep you guessing until the very end (which, by the way, is awesome).  Horowitz’s amazing detail makes Matt’s struggle and the settings that it covers come alive, from the eeriness of Lesser Malling and the dark woods to the busy London streets and deserted back alleys.  The supernatural aspects of the plot are also excellently incorporated into the modern setting to make the book chillingly realistic.  The horror aspects of this book were fascinatingly twisted and helped to make this my favorite supernatural thriller.  I would recommend this to fans of action, horror or supernatural fantasy as it incorporates aspects of all genera, and if you just want to try something new this is a great book to check out!  Then, if you like it, this book is the first in a completed series of five books called The Gatekeepers.

Warnings: Violence and witchcraft

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   The Complete Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz

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