Red Rain: A Review
R.L. Stine's Red Rain
Title: Red Rain
Author: R.L. Stine
Published: October 9, 2012
Publishing Company: Touchstone
Page Count: 371
Summary via Goodreads
In Red Rain, Stine uses his unerring knack for creating terror to tap into some very grownup fears. Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.
In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys – twins. Filled with a desire to do something to help, to make something good of all she witnessed, Lea impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island – husband Mark, a child psychologist, and their two children, Ira and Elena – aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature – or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.
Well...I don't even know where to begin. I was a huge, HUGE, fan of Stine as a kid with a massive obsession with the Fear Street series. This book was a big disappointment. It was highly predictable, not suspenseful, and so Children of the Corn-esque that it was off-putting. The characters are unreliable, unbelievable, and grating. The twins, Samuel and Daniel, are creepy from the start and the fact that Lea completely misses this is shockingly bad. Then, when Mark is accused of murder, it's so far-fetched that I nearly gave up. But I just couldn't do that because I have a problem in never leaving a book unfinished.
Two stars. Sigh...I hope his next book is better since he's revisiting Fear Street. Fingers crossed!