Shauna is our narrator, and her best friend, Jess, has convinced Shauna and two other friends that they should try to summon Bloody Mary to come into the mirror at one of their houses. Jess has done a lot of research, and believes they can do it. They are much too successful, and not only does Mary appear, she attacks Shauna and then haunts her no matter where Shauna goes!
Once this happens, very early in the book, the rest is just one encounter after another. Each time the girls must come up with a different way to get rid of Mary. Monahan isn't afraid to maim and kill her characters either! It's truly frightening.
If you like really scary situations with a lot of slime and gore, Mary: The Summoning is the book for you! I know there are supposed to be themes of friendship and changing relationships, but these girls are under so much stress that those themes kind of get lost in the terror.
Pick out your kids who can't get enough horror -- this one is non-stop -- and give them Mary: The Summoning.
Published by Disney-Hyperion, September 2, 2014
eARC obtained from NetGalley
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