“The corn itself could have been waving hello, or it could have been breathing.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
Genre: Horror – Young Adult
Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.
Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.
Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.
There’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a good ol’ slasher book for the month of October and this book absolutely delivered on that. The best part about Clown in a Cornfield is that it’s a relatively quick read coming in at just over 300 pages but it’s extremely fast paced – I seriously could not put this down. And now I find myself on the hunt for all the gory, murder-filled YA books that I can squeeze in for the rest of this month.
I don’t want to say that a book filled with murder was a crazy, fun ride buuuuut…. it really was. If you love slasher movies you’ll understand what I mean. I thought for a YA horror novel this would be a little on the tamer side but once the first murder happened and then the second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. I realized I was in for quite the story. The body count in this book left me shook, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that involved so many characters getting killed in such a short amount of time. The author also does a fantastic job of giving readers just enough of the characters backstories and creating the perfect ominous setting before wreaking havoc on the characters.
Now, if you’re looking for a book with a crazy plot twist you would never see coming, let me just say, that this is not it. It’s fairly obvious once the murders start happening who is behind all of the killings. However, I don’t think that it really takes away much from the story. There’s still a few good plot twists in here that will rock your world – some good and other’s not so good but overall it’s still just a fun read. If you’re also looking for a book that has a lot of character growth definitely think again. This book pretty much just ranks extremely high on the entertainment scale while you’re reading it, making it the perfect book to curl up with on a weekend night.
tw: violence, gore, murder, gruesome death depictions