TITLE: Children of the Dark
AUTHOR: Jonathan Janz
SYNOPSIS: Will Burgess is used to hard knocks. Abandoned by his father, son of a drug-addicted mother, and charged with raising his six-year-old sister, Will has far more to worry about than most high school freshmen. To make matters worse, Mia Samuels, the girl of Will’s dreams, is dating his worst enemy, the most sadistic upperclassman at Shadeland High. Will’s troubles, however, are just beginning.
Because one of the nation’s most notorious criminals—the Moonlight Killer—has escaped from prison and is headed straight toward Will’s hometown. And something else is lurking in Savage Hollow, the forest surrounding Will’s rundown house. Something ancient and infinitely evil. When the worst storm of the decade descends on Shadeland, Will and his friends must confront unfathomable horrors. Everyone Will loves—his mother, his little sister, Mia, and his friends—will be threatened.
And very few of them will escape with their lives.
PUBLISHER: Sinister Grin Press
Children of the Dark crotch kicked me directly in the feels. I am still heartbroken over losses I experienced. I have waited a week to write this in hopes I can articulate better than "It's so good!"
Will. Will is the son every mom wants, the big brother everyone needs, but damn if he isn't a bit of a horrible friend. His mother struggles with addiction and his father is MIA. His crush is dating the worse person alive and I am upset his best friend isn't even mentioned in the synopsis!
Janz gave us two big plot lines with this one: escaped serial killer in the area and something is in the forest around Will's house. Without giving up spoilers, the two connect nicely. On top of dodging death, Will also has to deal with normal high school issues and be the parent to his little sister.
I felt for everyone in this book. I even felt for Will's mom and I actually hate her a little. The ending hinted at maybe a continuation of the story and I have heard a rumor about part two, so I hope it is real because I want to know more!