This review is spoiler free.
“Only danger awaits those brave enough to travel down Fear Street. You’re not afraid…are you?”
Series: Fear Street
Published: 2020, by Simon Pulse.
Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Contains: Strong Language, Blood/Gore, Murder, Death, Violence, Anger
‘Fear Street The Beginning’ is where it all began. When Fear Street became legend, forever linked with danger, and curses, and things that go bump in the night. Go back to how it all started – to the moment when Cory Brooks falls for perfect, incredible Anna, only to learn that she’s gone missing… on Fear Street. Venture into the terrifying Fear Street Woods where Meg Dalton’s best friend died under mysterious circumstances. Follow Della to Fear Island and learn about the threats that force her to confront her past. Then, return to Fear Street with Mark and Cara Burroughs who come home to find that their parents have disappeared.
I’d not heard of ‘Fear Street’ prior to picking up this book, being a little late to the party as such when it came to the franchise. However, after noticing there was a series of Netflix films based on the novels, I just had to delve into the world of Fear Street. Needless to say, I’m addicted.
‘The New Girl’ was an interesting beginning to the collection, it being the perfect introduction to the world of Fear Street and what lurks down the road for those characters. Cory Brooks was a fun protagonist, and him falling for a girl who lives on Fear Street could only go in one direction. It was a fun tale with an interesting conclusion that keeps the reader entertained and curious throughout.
‘The Surprise Party’ was one that somewhat fell from the edge for me, it not being as fast paced as the previous story, but was still interesting enough to hold my attention. It was a little longer, but still had the thrilling elements that kept your interest, but it was a little predictable.
‘The Overnight’ was my favourite out of all the stories in this collection, Della was a brilliantly strong protagonist, who didn’t allow her fear to hold her back and I loved reading about such a strong female character. The writing remained consistently simplistic, however, the fast paced elements kept your interest to the end where it was resolved.
However, my least favourite story was last; ‘Missing’. This one was a little dull, it being slow and with little action until the resolution at the end. For a horror, it didn’t follow the form, but was definitely more suited for the mystery genre of the series. The ending was certainly unique, however, so it wasn’t predictable in any way.
Overall, I deeply enjoyed this little collection, loving the concept of Fear Street and the characters that inhabit Shadyside. I’ll definitely be seeking more of the ‘Fear Street’ series in the future.