Amity by Micol Ostow
By Micol Ostow
Published by Egmont USA
On August 26th 2014
Genres: Young Adult Horror, Young Adult Horror Retelling
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Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.
But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?
Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.
Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.
Once again I find myself not caring for either of the main characters in a horror book and the thing is, I don’t think we were really meant to either. It is the house itself that I found to be so intriguing and what kept me reading. The house is like this living creature and is scared the living crap out me. You couldn’t pay me enough money to live in that house. Ever. We know right from the start that Conner is unstable, and his sister and parents know there is something off. Apparently Gwen has some kinda of mental meltdown and this move was supposed to be good for her. Neither Conner or Gwen needed what this house had to offer.
The plot was scary, and with the dual POV’s is helped with the creepiness. We have the past POV which is Conner’s and the present which is Gwen’s. I thought it is interesting to see how Conner and Gwen’s lives intertwined. Being a retelling of the Amityville Horror I was hoping for enough scare that I would want turn on all the lights and jump at noises around me. I got creepiness and gore, and two characters that have some serious issues, and some scenes that will give you the goosey’s as we call them at our house. Was it as scary as I hope for, not really. It turned out to be a milder version of Amityville, but at least it was an entertaining one.
Amity was a pretty good horror read and if you are looking for a scare, this has it. I think fans of the young adult horror genre will enjoy it.