Creep by Eireann Corrigan | Book Review

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Creep by Eireann Corrigan | Book ReviewCreep by Eireann Corrigan
Published by Scholastic Inc. on October 1, 2019
Genres: Friendship, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Themes, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781338095098
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Olivia is curious about the people moving into 16 Olcott Place. The last family there moved out in the dead of night, and the new family, the Donahues, has no idea why. Olivia becomes fast friends with Janie Donahue . . . so she's there at the house when the first of the letters arrives:
--I am the Sentry of Glennon Heights. Long ago I claimed 16 Olcott Place as levy for my guardianship. The walls will not tolerate your trespass. The ceilings will bleed and the windows will shatter. If you do not cease your intrusion, the rooms will soon smell of corpses.--
Who is the Sentry? And why does the Sentry want the Donahues out of the house badly enough to kill? As Olivia and Janie explore the house, they find a number of sinister secrets . . . and as they explore their town, they find a hidden history that the Sentry wants to remain hidden forever.
You can lock the doors. You can close the windows. But you can't keep the Sentry out. . . .

Sometimes while reading, I like to be creeped out. So it seems like a book entitled Creep should do the trick. Unfortunately, Eireann Corrigan’s Creep fell rather short of expectations for me. In theory, this should have been an enthralling thriller. However, I struggled to stay engaged while reading this book.

Creep by Eireann Corrigan is a young adult thriller about what happens when a new family moves to the neighborhood but the house does not want them there. Olivia Danvers lives on Olcott Place and is excited to start her freshman year of high school. Change is in the air. Her longtime neighbors, the Langsoms, have put their enormous house on the market and are moving away from Olcott Place.

The house has been in the Langsom family for generations. As they leave, a new family, the Donohues, move in. Olivia becomes fast friends with Janie who is her age. She also develops a crush on Ben, Janie’s older brother. Not everyone is as thrilled about the Donohues as Olivia, and so they receive the first of several threatening letters from an entity called The Sentry. Things are about to get tense on Olcott Place.

I think that this book had SO much potential. There’s the possibility of genuine scary moments and legitimate thrills. Yet, everytime that could have happened, it was like the book pulled back. As I read, I was underwhelmed. I wish that this book had leaned into certain things more — Olivia and Janie’s co-dependency, the secret passages in the house, heck even the atmosphere. Just when I thought, wow, some action, this will get good – that’s again when the book just pulled right back. It was disappointing and anti-climatic over and over again. I imagine there is an audience for Creep, but that audience is not a person who reads a good amount of thrillers.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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