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Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

"The stuff of nightmares"


Arachnophobes beware! 🕷 This creepy, skin-crawling sci-fi horror will have even the entomologists of the group sweating with fear. Think, ‘The Breakfast Club’ meets ‘Stranger Things’ meets ‘Goosebumps’. Dread Wood is the stuff of nightmares.


Jennifer Killick delivers all the frightfully fun trappings of the horror genre - creepy caretakers; chilling cliff-hangers; a claustrophobic, nowhere-to-hide atmosphere; terrifying scientific experiments that would rival the likes of Dr Wu; a literal Forbidden Forest; a gang of characters you can’t help but root for; and a very disturbing nursery rhyme.. (Why are the nursery rhymes always so damn creepy!) Thank goodness for all the hilarious one liners. Jennifer Killick always effortlessly nails the blending of horror and humour.


Whilst there are a few plot holes in amongst all the trapdoors, Killick’s ability to cement her reader makes these passable. Her winning combination of chills, thrills, humour and heart always makes for a worthy success. Middle graders are going to inhale this!



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