Red Rain by R. L. Stine
A Novel

75%

14 Critic Reviews

Red Rain is a page-turner and a rare adult book for R. L.
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Synopsis

The author of the New York Times bestselling Goosebumps and Fear Street series uses his knack for creating terror to tap into some very grown up fears in this terrifying horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, at the wrong place at the wrong time, and barely escapes with her life when a freak hurricane cuts through the island. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys—twins—and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family is not quite so pleased. But no one could anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that within a few weeks’ time, Lea’s husband, a controversial child psychologist, will be implicated in two brutal murders.

For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a “creepy, fun read” (Library Journal) from a beloved master of the genre.
 

About R. L. Stine

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R.L. Stine, author of the multimillion-selling Goosebumps and Fear Street series, lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and their dog, Minnie. Visit RLStine.com.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Touchstone. 449 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Red Rain
All: 14 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 15 2012

Are they zombies from the past...Are they demons or just your garden variety bad seeds? Bottom line, they cannot wreak havoc without the witless collusion of the adult characters, who are definitely not on strike. More icky than scary.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jul 30 2012

A predictable and disappointing conclusion is upended by a final tantalizing image that feels like a movie-viewer’s reward for sitting through interminable credits.

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Examiner

Above average
on Oct 24 2012

...even though it’s labeled “horror”, there is absolutely nothing frightening about it. I love horror novels, and in my opinion, calling it horror is a misrepresentation.

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Examiner

Good
on Oct 10 2012

..."Red Rain" is a disturbing horror story that isn't one readers will want to pick up before bedtime. The ending may be a tad predictable, but it doesn't make it any less entertaining of a story.

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Examiner

Above average
on Oct 04 2012

All in all, it’s a great first run for Stine to break into the Adult Horror genre. Your devoted readers from decades past beg you to continue trying and improving in this new-to-you arena.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Oct 12 2012

R.L. Stine has burst into the adult world of horror. Prepare to be scared witless. RED RAIN is definitely Goosebumps for adults.

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AV Club

Below average
on Oct 29 2012

Stine had the beginnings of a unique book...He squandered that possibility, instead opting for obvious plots and piles of gore. The result is resoundingly mediocre.

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Huffington Post

Good
on Oct 16 2012

Red Rain is a page-turner and a rare adult book for R. L.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
on Oct 28 2012

As images of terror mount, so do the twists and turns, and the ending is a doozy. Trust Stine to wrap a well-constructed horror read around a theme of parents and kids — in time for Halloween.

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Mysterious Reviews

Excellent

...Red Rain is a suspenseful, alarming, and somewhat thought-provoking book with an unexpected ending that will keep readers engaged until the very end. R. L. Stein is sure to be an adult horror novelist for quite some time.

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The Roanoke Times

Good
on Nov 02 2012

...works in a couple of wicked “Goosebumps”-like twists at the end.

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io9

Good
on Nov 12 2012

While the supernatural and gory elements build off of our most basic, childlike fears, the panic of growing up and raising a family may be the scariest thing of all.

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Jackson District Library

Good

...it captured my attention and I continued to make time in my busy days to read and travel through the story.

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Lehigh Valley Live

Good
on Oct 15 2012

For parents, there's plenty here to keep you up at night. Stine deftly makes one of his characters a child psychologist whose questions mirror our own...

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