Wednesday, 25 August 2010


Billy is a horrible bully. So Kyle could almost find it funny that Billy's childhood invisible friend was a little dolly named Raggy Maggie.
Almost but not quite.
Because now Raggy Maggie is back, and she wants Kyle to play a game: find where she's hidden Billy - or Billy dies...


a tall tales & short stories review

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I wish I'd thought of this!! Childhood imaginary friends coming to life - inspired!!

I loved the first book in the series, Mr Mumbles. Mr Mumbles was horrible and scary but Barry Hutchison has surpassed the scares in his sequel, Raggy Maggie. Look at the picture (I love this picture) and tell me that Caddie isn't fantastically evil looking. And I haven't even mentioned Raggy Maggie - the sinister doll. These two are evil personified; cruel, twisted and out for revenge because, just like Mr Mumbles before them, these two imaginary friends don't take very kindly to being ignored and forgotten. In fact, they will do anything possible to make their old friends pay.

But don't for one minute think that this book is guts and gore horror, it's so much more. There are psychological games at play in more ways than one, cleverly woven into the storyline is the continuation of a plot from book one, concerning Kyle's absent father and the other world of 'The Darkest Corners' (Boy, I love that name!) The character of Kyle's friend Ameena is intriguing and the reader just knows there's more to her than meets the eye. The clever use of mundane childhood toys brought to horrific life adds a chilling dimension to Caddie's game. The Teddy Bears with skipping ropes - Brilliant!! Genuinely quite disturbing. And the startling denouement has echoes of 'Chucky' and as someone who finds many dolls quite freaky at the best of times, this has put me off them for life.

For horror lovers, this book is a must-read but perhaps isn't for the faint-hearted. Read it if you dare...

Or, as the tagline says - 'Afraid of a cute little dolly, are you? Well, you should be...'


Please follow the link to read a review of Mr Mumbles

Horror Bonus Post: Barry Hutchison talks horror

1 comment:

kathryn evans said...

Nightmare alert! Fantastic.....

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