Reviews of Summer of Night (1991)
Review by link33 (2006-02-10)
I first read this book when I was 15 or so, about 15 years ago. I had read it twice as a kid, and recently came back to it to see if it was as good as I remembered. Indeed, Summer of Night still has that irresistible pull that draws you further and deeper into the story.
The story starts and ends with kids from 6 to 12 years old. They are faced with an evil entity that has various shapes and slaves to it that only the kids see and recognize for it's terror.
Perhaps the genius of the writing is in it's formula: draw them in, give them a nibble of a treat, and take them somewhere else. One isn't disappointed because there is always a treat around the next turn. Even in the conclusion, the story is nicely wrapped up and the reader is left with one more gift. What does the future hold for the kids? What about the source of the evil? Is there more mystery around it all?
Being older, I saw the formula I never did as a kid. But seeing the formula just enabled me to enjoy the author's skill alongside with his story.