The fourth thrilling book in this darkly funny, horror series Darren Shan called ‘deliciously nightmarish’.
The first book, Mr Mumbles, is shortlisted for the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books
Kyle wakes up in hospital – which is strange, because he doesn't remember being ill. And that's not all. He's also deliriously flitting in and out of the Darkest Corners, and in the shadow version of the hospital the surfaces aren't clean, and the sharp instruments aren't used for healing.
It's Kyle's most terrifying experience yet, and it's about to get much, much worse.
The doctor will see him now… (from Amazon.co.uk)
I'm not keen on starting books mid series, so was a little nervous about starting this one. I did find it a little confusing, the book seems to jump straight into action and carry on from the previous book and it took a while for me to get to grips with what was going on.
That said I did find it incredibly easy and gripping to read, even if it isn't my usual kind of book. Hutchison's writing speaks directly to it's intended audience of children age 9+, and boys in particular will love the gruesome and horror packed adventure. It's very visual and direct in approach, with absolutely no flowery prose to distract those who like their reading fast paced and exciting.
It is creepy, with some disturbing scenes...monster baby in a bottle for example! Although remains completely age appropriate. I think this series is a brilliant introduction to horror for younger readers, with enough scary moments to to thrill without giving too many sleepless nights. Although more sensitive readers may want to avoid!
Doc Mortis is the fourth installment in the Invisible Friends series, and judging by my experience I would suggest checking out the others first as I felt I missed a lot of background and had many questions about the situation Kyle was in. If you're looking for books for boys especially aged 9-10 plus I think this is certainly one to consider!
Published by Harpercollins August 2011
Many thanks to the publishers for providing a copy for review.