They say something horrible happened that day. But Martha can’t remember any of it–not the smallest detail. They say it will come back to her in time. But someone wants her to remember now. She draws his face, over and over–the face of a dead boy. She can’t control her hand. And she can’t remember how he died. But she’s going to find the answer.
For the first time in a while, I finally got a chance to read one of the Fear Street novels I know I read as a kid. Sometimes it’s hard to remember clearly if I read a specific one or just remember seeing the cover. But this particular one, I knew for a fact I had read. Even if I couldn’t remember all the specifics on the book, it was nice to relive this particular thriller.
What’s funny about this particular book is the fact that everyone but you the reader and the main character, know what’s going on or more specifically what happened. Meanwhile, Martha is struggling to recall what happened a few months earlier. I’m not sure I’d be as calm as she is throughout this book. Here it is, everyone knows something you don’t and they won’t talk to you about any of it. That’s beyond frustrating. Even if they don’t want to explain about the dead boy, they could have told her some of the basics.
Instead, by leaving her oblivious, they are all setting her up. It’s not until she remembers the accident that I realized what the twist (or at least part of it) was. I’ll give Stine credit, this is another of those rare occurrences where you never suspect the actual person who is behind everything. In this particular case, even their motive isn’t obvious. The only thing I instantly picked up on, that everyone else ignored, is the fact Martha was supposed to go skiing first. This automatically made me assume someone was trying to kill her, not the dead boy.
I’m still slowly making my way through this series, maybe one day I’ll make it to the end.
Pick up your copy on Amazon: The Face by R.L. Stine