{ Review } { October Project } Say Her Name by James Dawson

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“Drip, drip, drip.
Drip, drip, drip.
Drip, drip, drip.”

Read in October 2017

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 5 of My October Project

I’m so happy I chose this book to bring to a close this October project, it really gave me the spooky vibe I needed for Halloween and therefore, I can say that this project was a success. Even though I enjoy books with dark and evil characters, I rarely find myself reading horror, because I don’t get easily scared so I don’t want it to be a waste of my time. And this book wasn’t scary to the point that I could cry or scream in terror, but it did a good job giving me goosebumps. I had the misfortune of being alone in my apartment those very nights I read it, and after ending it, I had a hard time falling asleep, went to take a shower to relax myself and I didn’t dare to look myself in the mirror. Yeah it was late night, the night before Halloween, but still I, not-so-easily-creeped-person, was not at my best.

The book begins with a very convincing little prologue that drops you immediately into the right atmosphere. The main story starts on Halloween night (how convenient) in a British Boarding School called Piper Hall, when a group of teenagers try to scare one another with not-so-frightening stories. Until one of them tells the story of Bloody Mary who was actually one of the former school student and dares everyone to go in front of a mirror to say her name five time to summon her. Our main character, Bobbie, her best friend Naya and some local boy Caine took the bet expecting nothing to happen, like nothing ever happen to every student around the world who tried to call her. But the next morning, Bobbie finds a weird message on her mirror. ‘Five days’ it says. Our team is now involved in a creepy investigation and the clock is ticking.

“Bobbie wondered if that’s how long you truly live for – until the last person who remembers you, until the final bouquet on your grave.”

I really love Urban Legends and even though I heard of Bloody Mary while I was young (a British friend told me about it while in middle school once) in France we have an equivalent with La Dame Blanche -The White Lady- that you can call out in a mirror as well, and it is her whom I’m the most terrified about. Every time I walk in the streets at night and I see a white shadow I freak out (even my 25 yo self today) and I have never been able to call her in front of a mirror, even today. And the fact that I’m scared shitless of Bloody Mary/The White Lady made this story much more real and resulting in this book being one of the most plausible horror story I ever read about.

The tension build gradually and the descriptions were really graphics and I could visualise everything happening to our MC. Blood, cursed boarding school, spirits, ghosts, Halloween, dripping taps, graveyards, psychiatric hospital, asylum, crypt, nightmares… everything was present to play with my mind.
My favourite part is how the author managed to humanize Mary, she was not only a revengeful spirit, she was brought to life to the girl she formerly was, bullied, taken advantage of, lonely, scared… It made her one of the more profound characters of this book (in a horror story, I don’t expect characters to be that much developed). And the ending really made me so curious, damn, I need answers!

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Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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