Book review : Say her name by James Dawson

The Synopsis: Drip…drip…drip…In five days, she will come…Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dares at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear…But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it? Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror – five days – but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya, and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come from countless others before…A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted ‘Queen of Teen’ author James Dawson.

The Review: 


My first horror book and it spooked me. I freaked out when my door banged due to the wind, I dared not to look in the mirror (and it was really hard because every room in my house has a mirror). I refused to read the book after the clock struck 12 at night which is because of the mention of “midnight” in the book.

This book clearly, is not a very good idea for those who believe in ghosts and get scared easily but it won’t give you a heart attack, so don’t worry too much.

Firstly, it’s about BM which happens to be true and people try summoning her all over the world. I`m still trying to convince myself that what I read it only fiction. Although I am going to e-mail the author and beg for a reply.

The story begins with boarding school girls listening to a girl narrate ghost stories on Halloween night. Being naughty school girls, how could they resist the urge to smuggle in boys from the local town? So along with the girls, there are two handsome young men from Oxley. The story focuses on girls names Bobbie, Sadie, Naya, Grace (the Head-girl)and the two boys Mark and Caine, Caine being the more important one.

After being bored with silly ghost stories, one girl challenges another to summon BM. You can very smartly predict what happens next. But after the summoning, nothing happens and everybody laughs it off. But then strange things start happening and Bobbie picks up the hints and doesn’t believe in giving up and drifting off or rather disappearing according to the stories and what happened to the victims. She tries her best to get to the bottom of this with the help of Caine and (after much convincing) her best friend Naya.

But if you think, they found out the truth and saved the world, think again! I couldn’t help but gasp! when I reached the end.

Things keep getting worse and Bobbie and her friends have only five days to

  1. Live their life to the fullest.

  2. Save themselves

  3. Tell someone

  4. Just die.

The above mentioned isn’t in the book, but that’s what I assumed were their choices. Now, the next question you have is probably-WHY FIVE DAYS? Well, it is mentioned in the book so you gotta read it. I always make it a point not to give away too much.

And just so we don’t get too spooked, there is a kiss or two in the book so there you go! SPOILER! Although you have something to look forward-WHO KISSES WHOM?

The ghost’s story is really heart aching and makes you think twice before you speak about someone and what it feels like when you are in someone else’s shoes. Being the Bully might be fun -the thought that you have the power to own someone and order them around, know that they are afraid of you that it isn’t the same for the one being bullied. Mary’s story doesn’t revolve only around her bad days at PIPER’S HALL, as Bobbie and Caine dig deeper a sadder truth is unveiled.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any moments when she appears to scare the hell out of them and try to take them with her. There are certain times in the book when you can actually feel the hair on hands, legs, behind your neck actually stand! GOOSEBUMPS! But it won’t make you pee your pants, so it’s not such a bad read.

The author was dared to write a spine-chilling book, so I think you should read it and see for yourself how you did!

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