“And then I hear singing… Before the dragging. Before the screaming.” – Penny, The Bargaining
I am not a fan of scary, creepy, thrilling, or suspenseful books. I very much prefer books in the Fictional/Paranormal/Young Adult/Romance genre. I am a hopeless romantic who loves fantasy and mythical creatures so those genres call to me, like a siren calling a sailor. However, while browsing in the book section of Walmart one day, the cover to The Bargaining drew me in (though I ended up purchasing it at a Barnes & Noble). The simplicity and detail of the girl in the woods is eye-catching, as well as the fine printed “The North Woods are calling…”
The simple title, and all it’s lowercase letters, casts a slight chill down your spine; as does the back cover which you will have to look at yourself. And unfortunately the summary on the inside flap does not do this book justice. The summary has you questioning whether this is going to be a good story or not and what exactly it could be about. It is worth the purchase.
Carly Anne West writes for young adults and her style of writing really hits home with connecting to her audience. She keeps you intrigued. The emotion that is poured into the story feels real, like it’s your own. The suspense of the story line makes you never want to put the book down, even if the fear you’re reading about feels like your own. West takes you on a journey with Penny, the lost and lonely main character, on an intense and thrilling investigation of the surrounding woods as well as the strange and abrasive locals of a small town in Washington.
I really can’t even begin to describe the level of creepiness and fear that this book gave me. I loved it, I don’t know why as I am not a fan of anything scary, but I did. The Bargaining kept me guessing what could happen next and constantly had me questioning WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN THOSE WOODS?!?! And the ending was just as flabbergasting as the rest of the book. Seriously, I don’t want to give too much away without giving answers so just know that everything isn’t as it seems and this is for sure a good read whether you like scary/thrilling books or not. I recommend reading this amazingly creepy story during the raining weather as it kind of gives it an extra kick…
But just remember: When the North Woods call, don’t answer…
Lots of Love,