Lessons from Fear Street: If there’s one thing more deadly than cheerleading, it’s working at a shopping mall.

Title: Give Me a K-I-L-L (Fear Street Relaunch #6)

Author: R. L. Stine

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I have been waiting for this book for AGES. The cover is gorgeous, the title is perfect, and seeing Fear Street and cheerleading together again fills me with a strange glee.

So then it arrived a couple of weeks ago and I was too busy to read it. I just kept it on the dining room table and caressed it in a creepy manner every time I passed it. Longing looks were exchanged. Okay, maybe not exchanged: I am reasonably sure the book was not returning my longing looks.

FINALLY yesterday and today I got time to sit down and inhale it, and I am in love.

I own all six of the relaunch books, because of course I do, but this was my hands-down favourite.

It felt exactly like a classic Fear Street novel, which meant it was a teensy bit predictable. I was 99% sure the best friend was dead, for instance, and I was right. (I briefly wondered if maybe the best friend AND the main character were dead, but alas, no.) I also pegged the murderer, and I think anyone who’s read a lot of these will too.

But none of that matters, because this was a completely frothy, creepy, perfectly atmospheric book, and I’m still coming down from the high of returning to Fear Street and marvelling over the casualty rate among Shadyside High cheerleaders.

The twist/explanation at the end also summoned up the joys of the Silent Night books. No, there was no Christmas connection, just some further Dalby Department Store shenanigans. AWESOME.

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The people who work at Dalby’s should seriously unionize.