Shadow House book 1: The Gathering

The Gathering The Gathering by Dan Poblocki

Author: Dan Poblocki

Series: Shadow House

Genre: Horror, paranormal

Age: MG

POV: 3rd switches between the five main characters

Format: Audio book

Summary: Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House.

Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear. And the way out? That's disappeared, too...Enter Shadow House... if you dare.

Review: This a middle grade book and it is creepy. There are some horror elements in the book that are used in some horror movies*.

Main Characters:

Poppy: Lives in a foster home and was invited by her aunt to come lives at Larks House.

Marcus: hears music no one else hears and the only way for it to stop is to play his own music. He got invited to a school of performing arts.

Dash and Dylan are professional actors. Both have been invited to star in a horror movie.

Azumi is haunted by her sister who disappears in it the Aokigahara forest.

All the characters are interesting, and each has their own motive. The house drives them more into their motives. I did say this book is creepy and the audio nails that in. Might as well add the cover is...yaks. This is the first book in a series, and it doesn’t give a lot of answers.


Characters: 5/5

Plot: 4/5

Audio: 5/5

Total: 14/20

This book makes me want to revisit some of the ghost stories I read as a kid. I know they made not have as great of an impact as when I read them as a kid. Has anyone heard of Zilpha Keatley Snyder or Betty Ren Wright? Their books are subtle in creepiness and outweigh Goosebumps by a ton in quality.

One more thing Shadow House remains me of The Cirque Du Freak series. So far there no gory scenes but, it does push that way. Both these series are MG and they are not afraid to push the boundary. Base on the books I read as a kid, I have always known that MG is not all fluff and unicorns.

*The horror movie this remained me are Escape Room, Grave Encounters, and Us. 

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