A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Stella came back. Jeanie never did.
Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush—until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.
Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.
She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.
First I must comment on that gorgeous cover. The picture doesn’t even give it credit to how absolutely lovely it is in person. I really knew nothing about this book other than the cover was beautiful and the title seemed, well, creepy. Sadly, I wasn’t blown away with this novel. The characters really were not a match for me, the mystery was a bit easy to solve though it was a highly readable book and I was inclined to finish it to verify I was right about my theory of who done it.
I’ll talk about the characters first since they were my biggest issue with this book. The main character, Stella, wasn’t very likeable but I didn’t really need her to be. She does progress and grow as the story proceeds and I did appreciate her self discovery and fearless endeavor to figure out what happened to her and Jeanie when they were kids. She was the least of my issues…my biggest problem was with her best friend Zoey.
I really, really disliked how Zoey treated Stella and I was downright IRRITATED any time she was in a scene. Her language, attitude, everything grated on me. I understand she wasn’t meant to be likeable or really relatable but she was the epitome of a mean girl. She refers to Stella as a ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ in what I’m thinking was intended as an endearment and her personal (I think supposedly feminist) stance on that language being thrown around. Regardless to why the author chose to use it I was bothered. I failed to see why anyone would want a ‘friend’ like Zoey around and why she’d be the most popular girl in school. I might be showing my age here but she seemed extreme in her meanness to what she called the peasants (all the ‘losers’ and kids that weren’t in her chosen circle).
There was a romance and I found it to be okay but no butterflies took off in my belly. There’s no love triangle so that’ll make some folks happy and there are some cute scenes between the couple. The romance was present but not overwhelming.
I never found this book to be overly creepy and though I read it at night it didn’t have me looking over my shoulder. It read more like a contemporary mystery/thriller (which I was thinking it would be more fairy-tale/myth/paranormal). So, perhaps my expectations were wrong and that’s why this one wasn’t as much a success as I’d hoped. I had a suspicion fairly early on how things would play out and though I hoped I’d be wrong I sadly wasn’t.
Even with these faults I did find the book to be intriguing and I did continue to read regardless of any problems I had. The writing was easy to read and the descriptions clear. And really…for an author to get me to loathe a character so very much (looking at you Zoey) that does take some intense writing skill. I will always prefer a book that gets under my skin than one I can easily forget or feel nothing towards.
Though The Creeping didn’t work for me I could see how it would appeal to many readers because of the mystery, contemporary setting and fast pacing.