The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident.
Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.
A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.
Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…
Hi and welcome to my review of Ouija!
Huge thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite and to Question Mark Press for the eARC.
Ouija is the second novel in the newly established Question Mark Horror range, a selection of Young Adult Horror books in the tradition of Point Horror and Goosebumps. The first one was Camp Death by Jim Ody (my review is here ICYMI) and Ouija has definitely cemented my resolve to follow Question Mark Horror wherever they may lead me.
Regardless of genre, reading a book by an author you know, even if it’s just digitally, is the scariest thing. You’re invested before you’ve even read a single page because you really want to like their book! It’s always such a relief when you do and I more than liked Ouija, I loved it!
A dual storyline shows us Rayner High in its current dilapidated and abandoned state and Rayner High about a year ago when it was still a thriving high school. In the present, six teenagers decide to try and summon spirits by means of a Ouija board, because in the past, a gruesome event happened at Rayner High. What happened and what horror have these kids tapped into? I’m not exaggerating even a little bit when I tell you I was desperate to find out. You could have cut the tension with a knife!
I can never resist the lure of a Ouija board in a story. I have never tried it in real life, as I’ve said in my review of I Am Dust: Ouija boards creep me out. I don’t really believe in ghosts and spirits, but one shouldn’t dabble in things one does not understand. I know that in real life the odds of something bad happening are slim to none, but in fiction, especially in horror, things always go to hell in a handbasket before the characters know what hit them, and it’s just so much fun to read!
It’s crystal clear that Zoé is a horror aficionado and has seen and read her fair share of horror flicks and books. From the tension-building over the ominous signs and the creepy dolls to the why why WHY would you run up the stairs instead of out the door, Ouija had all the classic horror elements and a few cultural references to boot, yet without ever discombobulating its reader.
I had a great time with Ouija, it was such a fun and creepy read! If you’re in the market for YA horror, Ouija should definitely be on your shopping list. It’s an impressive debut and I can’t wait to read more!
Ouija is out now in paperback and will be out in digital formats on 30 August.