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Score: 9.3/10  [1 review]
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ProdID: 7488 - Shadow House #2 You Can't Hide
Written by: Dan Poblocki

Shadow House #2 You Can't Hide
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Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do they know that it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal. They're going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing too...

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Review by: savta (Jo)
Dated: 3rd of April, 2017

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This Review: 9.3/10
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Rereadability:
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Score 9 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 9 out of 10

Having read and enjoyed the first book in the series, I was looking forward to reading this one too. Although it was some time since I read the first book, I found it easy to pick up on the story - the cover gives the background information that the reader needs to get into the book, and you are plunged straight into the action from the very first line.

I found the characters believable and the story compulsive reading as there is the continued need to find out what will happen next. I was able to get the assistance of Miss 11 this time round: I gave her Book 1 ("Gathering") to read first and she could not wait to borrow the second book. She is into Gothic horror and things that go bump in the night, and the shadowed format of the pages did not worry her as she has excellent eyesight. (Miss 16, who attempted to review the first book for me, could not continue as she found the pages too difficult to read.)

The plot is complicated so you really have to be careful to read every single word. If you don't keep up with it, you will miss something vital and have to start the chapter again. Luckily, the chapters are quite short so it is easy to backtrack if you get interrupted. Both of us loved the pictures; they have a creepy quality all of their own due to the monochrome shading and uneven focus. I already had the Shadow House app downloaded on my iPad so she borrowed it to try out an electronic adventure of her own. As a child of the digital age, she loved exploring the linked ghost stories on a new level.

There is just enough spooky material and gruesome descriptions to make the book unsuitable for younger readers. I would not give it to just any eleven-year-old as some might find it gives them nightmares. However, if you know your youngster's tastes, it is a fun read for the more adventurous. I like the way the book winds up. Although most of the loose ends are tied up, there are enough left to whet the reader's appetite for the next book in the series.

There are some interesting observations built into the story on the importance of loyalty and being there for your friends. These messages are not obvious but they are there nonetheless, and an astute young person will pick up on them without realising it. In its own way, the story celebrates the triumph of good over evil, all wrapped up in a fast-paced, tightly scripted novel.

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