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Welcome to Camp Killer by Cynthia Murphy - Review

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

I heard Cynthia talking about this book at Northern YA Litfest and was intrigued by it, and then I requested it on Netgalley and got approved. So thank you very much to Barrington Stoke for granting me access to this book. I was provided with an electronic copy of this book for review purposes but was not otherwise compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book will be published on 7th September 2023. 

So you know Barrington Stoke books, right? They are made for reluctant readers and dyslexic people; on paper they are made of thick paper which is easier for dyslexic people to read. They are novellas and the ones I've read have been brilliant, so I was excited to get to this one. It is like an old school Goosebumps book, which I loved when I was a tween, so it seemed like my kind of thing. And it was! My only complaint is that it was so short, but of course that's the nature of Barrington Stoke books! 

So Hannah is sixteen and at a new summer camp for kids in the UK. It has been set up by Chad, an American who used to work at those kinds of summer camps in the US. He was there with Hannah's mum, who worked as a camp counsellor, hence why Hannah has been invited to work at the new camp. This is the case for all the new counsellors, including Fionn, Rich, Emma, and Grayson. On the first night, before the younger kids arrive for camp, all the counsellors and Chad are having a campfire when Fionna decides to tell everyone about the history of the house where the camp is located. They tell the story of Dorothea, who built a widow's walk at the top of the house and who looked out for her husband to return to her and who, when he did, ended up dead. Dorothea's ghost is supposed to haunt the house and grounds.

But Hannah doesn't believe that, does she?! But then weird things start happening, and death is around the corner... 

I loved this story - it's perfectly creepy and really well written. I'm giving it five out of five. 

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