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Review: Say her name by James Dawson

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror... five days... but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... 

My thoughts
This is a really scary read and very much has left me terrified of the gigantic mirrors in my living room. I recently had James into school to do an event for the book and several of the kids who bought books have been to tell me the same thing. Not one to read at night time. Or alone. Or in a room with mirrors!

It is no secret that I am huge James Dawson fan. His books appeal to the teenage book geek in me and I wish I'd had them to read when I was 15. I love his wit and the way he writes his characters. I love how his books keep me guessing. While I'm not especially a horror fan I picked this up because Jame wrote it and very glad that I did because all the elements I love about his books were there and as a consequence I'll happily read anything he writes in the future no matter what the genre

If you love 90s teen horror films like I know what you did last summer and point horror you will adore these but be warned this is scarier by far. 


Brilliant review - I'm so glad I have so few mirrors in my flat after reading this!