Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bonechiller by Graham McNamee

From B&

Danny’s dad takes a job as caretaker at a marina on the shore of a vast, frozen lake in Harvest Cove, a tiny town tucked away in Canada’s Big Empty. If you’re looking for somewhere to hide, this is it.

It’s the worst winter in years. One night, running in the dark, Danny is attacked by a creature so strange and terrifying he tries to convince himself he was hallucinating. Then he learns about Native American legends of a monster that’s haunted the lake for a thousand years. And that every generation, in the coldest winters, kids have disappeared into the night. People think they ran away.

Danny knows better. Because now the beast is after him.

Wow.  I've read one other novel by McNamee, and they were both high-interest thrillers.  Bonechiller plays to everyone's nightmarish fear of being chased and unable to get away from....something.  In this case, a huge white beast capable of infecting its victims and getting into their dreams and eventually into their waking minds.  I would keep this book on my classroom shelf, but may only recommend it to my capable, but unmovitated readers.  There is some profanity and sexual details, but the overall story could get reluctant readers started into this genre. 

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