Abandoned: The Troop by Nick Cutter
I should start this by saying I don’t read a lot of horror. But, being October, I wanted a spooky read. The Troop has some good buzz, and I thought I’d give it a try. I got to page 94.
If creepy is your thing, this book is for you.
It all starts on a small, deserted island off of Prince Edward Island. A Scoutmaster (and doctor) and 5 teenaged boys are camping out, dropped off by a boat that will return for them at the end of the weekend.
And then the stranger arrives. In the middle of the night. Via a stolen boat. He’s obviously sickly – emaciated is an apt description – and Scoutmaster Tim does his best to help the stranger while also protecting the boys. And then there’s an encounter with a snake ball, and a worm-like parasite, and cue me scratching myself everywhere like someone in withdrawal and getting questioning looks in the waiting room I was reading in.
The book jacket describes it at 28 Days Later meets Lord of the Flies, so if those are your thing, perhaps the book is for you.
Alas, I have the heebie jeebies and the only way I can get rid of them is by abandoning the book.
For those wondering, yes, I’m still itchy.