REVIEW – Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

“We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.”

This book is WILD – which is both good and bad. It started off strong, atmospheric and creepy. It had me wondering where the heck the story was going to go. Clearly it kept me interested enough to read all 700 pages.

But it’s so damn repetitive. And it feels like it’s going to end and take another direction numerous times, but it just kind of keeps going. There’s no explanation for some of the major plot points.

As someone who loves thrillers/horror, but isn’t the biggest fan of fantasy, I found the synopsis of this book misleading. It definitely leans more into the fantasy genre than horror. The imagery is “scary” but it’s over the top and in your face, not the subtle bump in the night that sticks with you long after you’ve closed the book.

You can tell that Chbosky draws inspiration from Stephen King, but then dismantles the themes that makes some of King’s best work so memorable and so effective.

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