So today I have for you my review for Open Evening by Lee Hall which was his debut novel. If you have been here for a while then you will know that I’ve read and reviewed a few of his books now so I will link them here if you want to check them out.
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.”
This book is definitely not something that I usually read (a theme with all of Hall’s books) however I know that I always enjoy the stories that he creates as well as his writing.
I struggled reading in March and this book honestly brought back my mojo.
I also really loved his little reference to Darke Blood which is intriguing as I now know that this book was published before Darke Blood.
What don’t kill ya, will harden your soul.
So this book happens over one night during the Open Evening at Luke’s school, however this isn’t just the usual boring event. Something happens and then shit hits the fan, Luke ends up joining the stranger known as Twister to not only survive the night but also to try and save his town.
Twister is an odd character who I would definitely love to learn more about. I love that the teachers are acting strange as when in school we as students often see them as a different species so I did appreciate that.
Here we have non-stop action with an unlikely band of characters, there are seriously high stakes with times where I was kept on the edge of my seat.
This definitely exceeded my expectations, it’s so addictive and I will hopefully get to the sequel Cemetery House soon.
See you guys in the next one…