Source: Net Galley
Release date: March 27, 2012 (Originally released Aug. 1993)
Publisher: Scholastic Children's
ISBN 0590550608 (ISBN13: 9780590550604)
series: Point Horror
Author: Diane Hoh
Five not-so-popular teens are invited to an annual party given by snooty Cass. Ushered into the mansion, they are soon part of a human scavenger hunt in which they are tied, bound, and hidden. Further victimization includes being heated in a sauna, cooled in a freezer, and nearly asphyxiated by a car's running motor.
I should start by telling you that this book wasn't my cup of tea. I love me a good horror...but this wasn't horror. This is more of a mystery.
That being said, this is a fun little book. It's very short, so it's perfect for younger or preteens, ages 12 and up.
It wasn't particularly scary and there's very little blood and gore...although if you're particularily sensitive to these types of things, or would rather keep your teen away from that stuff, this definitely isn't the book for you.
The characters are shallow, with almost zero depth to them at all, and the plot is shakey at best, but it will keep you turning the pages, just to see what will happen next.
You don't need to read the other books in the Point Horror series to understand this book. In that way it's kind of like the Goosebumps series.
If you have a teen who's not much of a reader, this would be a great starter book for him/her.