Disappearance At Devil's Rock: A Novel by Paul TremblayDisappearance At Devil's Rock: A Novel by Paul Tremblay

Disappearance At Devil's Rock: A Novel

byPaul Tremblay

Paperback | March 14, 2017

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A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.

A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare,” raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblay’s previous novel. Now, Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale sure to unsettle readers.

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.

The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy’s disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil’s Rock.

Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy’s journal begin to mysteriously appear—entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.

As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s disappearance at Devil’s Rock.

Title:Disappearance At Devil's Rock: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062363271

ISBN - 13:9780062363275

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Average Read Based on the book's description, I thought it would be a lot creepier than it actually was. There were many intriguing moments in the book's plot, however I was a bit disappointed by the ending and didn't find any of the characters all that likable. A Head Full of Ghosts was a much spookier read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great New Horror Novel Following Head Full of Ghosts, Tremblay once more gives us another horror that leaves you wondering how much, if any, of what goes on is supernatural. Going into this one, I wasn't sure it could live up to HFoG but the slow-burn creepiness worked very well. I would argue that Disappearance at Devil's Rock is just as good as, if not better than his previous novel.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spooky and Entertaining! Paul Tremblay might be one of my favourite contemporary horror writers. While his style is simplistic and extremely cinematic, there's no denying that the stories that he tells are extremely compelling; which, to me, is most important. This one also doesn't really feel like a horror story, despite that being its home section at the Chapters I work at, this is more of a crime story or even a drama than anything else. The paranormal elements, much like in A Head Full of Ghosts, are presented in a way that they could be real or simply the result of people coping with stress and trauma, and both of those are legitimately interesting presentations. I will say that for anyone who likes an ending that spells it all out for you, this one will not be for you. For me the point here is the idea that some questions aren't answered. When we see a case on television where a child is missing or someone is killed, we don't have all the answers that make it a clean story. Here, we are given the perspective of the family directly affected who also are missing answers or information. It's a very unique story, and one that I was hooked to from the first chapter. A strong recommend for this, and I'll be keeping my eyes on Tremblay going forward. #StaffReview
Date published: 2017-04-17

Editorial Reviews

“Paul Tremblay’s terrific A Head Full of Ghosts generates a haze of an altogether more serious kind: the pleasurable fog of calculated, perfectly balanced ambiguity.”