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Review: It’s Behind You by Kathryn Foxfield

Author: Kathryn Foxfield

Genre: YA Horror

Published by: Scholastic

Publication date: 01/07/21

Pages: 352

My rating:  ★★★★★

I received a free review copy from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Welcome to the reality game show that’ll scare you to death! Have you got what it takes to last the night?

Five contestants must sit tight through the night in dark and dangerous Umber Gorge caves, haunted by a ghost called the Puckered Maiden. But is it the malevolent spirit they should fear … or each other?

As the production crew ramps up the frights, secrets start to be revealed. These teenagers have hidden motives for taking part in It’s Behind You! and could some of them be … murder?

It’s Most Haunted meets I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here for fans of Holly Jackson and Karen McManus.

Where do I start? I adored It’s Behind You! I love the concept of a reality show involving haunted locations. The book centres around that, spend the night locked in a haunted location to win a share of ten grand. SIGN. ME. UP. I was captivated from the start and devoured it. You think the Puckered Maiden is all you have to worry about? Think again. It’s Behind You leaves you questioning everything and everyone, their motives and secrets. Those secrets definitely want to be uncovered!

The plot and characters are brilliantly written! Each character has a distinct voice and personality, Lex and Python are my personal favorites. I love Lex’s attitude about the whole thing. Python is the type that will annoy and frustrate everyone to no end, exactly the kind of character I love, ask anyone so knows me and they’ll tell you I love the intolerable ones. Though I wouldn’t say Python is intolerable, he just doesn’t show the other sides to him often. They all have reasons for being on the show, reasons that tie them together and I loved it! That moment where everything comes out was so satisfying, I had to put it down for a couple of minutes to process it all. I need to talk about the ending, don’t worry, no spoilers here. I usually hate those kind of endings, but I loved it this time, it really worked and leaves you wondering what happened after and coming up with possible scenarios. I’m writing this week’s after finishing it and I’m still thinking about that ending. I know I’ve said very little about the Puckered Maiden, I’m not spoiling anything about her, you’ll have to find out for yourself.

It’s Behind You is full of eerie, tense and humorous moments throughout, you don’t want to miss out on this one! If you loved Good Girls Die First, then you’ll love this one.

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