A while back I was looking on Amazon for a book that I had read a while ago called House Of Leaves. While reading the reviews for other books recommended I came across a new book called Penpal. Some of the reviewers said that it was one of the creepiest books they have ever read. I had to get it.
In an attempt to make sense of his own mysterious and unsettleing childhood memories, a man begins to reconstruct his past. As the games and adventures of his youth become engulfed by a larger story, he finds that it forms a tapertry of unbelieveable horror that he never could have expected.
Each chapter completes a different piece of the puzzle for both you and the narrator, and by the end of it all, you will wash that you could forget what he never knew.
When the book arrived I was surprised at how thin it was. I managed to finish the book in less than two days. It also helped that the book was hard to put down. From the first chapter, the book was creepy. The author draws you in immediately and the creep factor comes on strong.
The whole story is told from a kid’s perspective. It all starts when he’s school does a project where they launch balloons into the air with a note asking the receiver to send the school a letter explaining who they were and where the ballon ended up. Things don’t work out like expected. The book goes on to describe how the main character grows up through his childhood. The main character’s name is never revealed.
The chapters seem a little confusing because they jump around a little bit but at the end, it all comes together and makes sense again. This book is fantastic and the creepiness will stick with you. The way the author writes makes you feel like you are reliving this kid’s childhood. It’s when you step back and put the clues together that you realize how creepy the situations really are. Especially when you realize how easily this could happen in real life and does happen all too often.
If you are looking for a book a that will really creep you out and stick with you long after you’ve read it, I highly recommend Penpal. I will be reading this one again soon. It’s is one of those books that the more times you read it, the more clues you find lurking around dark corners.