You Read What? Book Review: Red Rain

Author(s): R. L. Stine

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

  • Imprint: Touchstone

Date Published: October 9th 2012


R.L. Stine, New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series—the biggest selling children’s books of all time—delivers a terrifying new adult horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.

Before there was J.K. Rowling, before there was Stephenie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable, he defined horror for a generation of young readers—readers who have now come of age.

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.

For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a must-read from a beloved master of the genre.

– Taken from

Number of Days It Took to Read: 4

Cover: Definitely creepy. The closer you look at the cover, the more you discover like the shadows of people in the background. It’s a sophisticated take to the covers normally associated with R. L. Stine’s books (great example of this is the Fear St. series).

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: A Casual Perusal and fans of his earlier work

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating: 3 sets of creepy twins out of 5


I was a bit disappointed with the book. I wasn’t the least bit scared, maybe creeped out at certain moments, but I think I’ll be able to  sleep fine tonight. The writing was okay but, given the genre, I’m not surprised that the plot was the focal point rather than the quality of writing. The twist at the end was seen from the beginning and I found the pacing to be a bit off. It didn’t increase or get my heart pumping. The events just seemed to take their time. The characterization of the twins didn’t take them to the level of scary I wanted and needed them to be taken and the only really, overpowering feeling I felt throughout this book is frustration on behalf of Mark and an I-Will-Punch-You-In-Your-Face annoyance towards the twins.

This was a fun read nonetheless but due to so much expectation from this book (being a fan as a child) it fell short.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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