Publication Date: July 14, 2016
Published by Orion Children’s Books
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.
Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. . .
I love this cover! This cover is what sold me on the book. I actually pre-ordered this copy from The Book Depository, because I liked it better than the North American title and cover.
I have a copy of Dawn Kurtagich’s The Dead House but haven’t read it yet, but I definitely want to read it now! The Creeper Man was just the kind of creepy that I like! I definitely had a building sense of dread as I read, and the way the tension built over the course of the book was great. I also really enjoyed the way the story had different fonts, different sized fonts, passages written like letters and journal entries.
I read this book in two days. I really didn’t want to put it down. And as much as I loved the creepiness of it, the story itself, particularly the ending, was pretty satisfying. I don’t want to say anything, though, to spoil the book but I would really love to talk about it with someone who’s read it!
For YA horror fans, this is definitely a recommended read!