Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review | Odd Man Out by James Newman

Odd Man Out is a horror novella from James Newman.

Odd Man Out by James Newman

The Black Mountain Camp for Boys. Summer of ’89. It is a time for splashing in the lake and exploring the wilderness, for nine teenagers to bond together and create friendships that could last the rest of their lives.

But among this group there is a young man with a secret — a secret that, in this time and place, is unthinkable to his peers.

When the others discover the truth, it will change each of them forever. They will all have blood on their hands.

This novella packs quite the emotional punch. It's a short book, but it took me a couple of weeks or so to get through it because my heart was terrified.

Odd Man Out is a great read, but I'm not going to give it a blanket recommendation to everyone. If you love horror or you've been tempted by all of the amazing reviews for Odd Man Out, I say absolutely download it and give it a read. The story is foreshadowed from the very beginning. If you find yourself terrified that something is going to happen, I think it's safe to say you'll be forewarned.

Odd Man Out is about a group of teenage boys who are spending the week at summer camp. It takes an honest look at bigotry and the fear of standing up for the odd man out. It's a brutal book and it's heartbreaking, but it's one of the best books I've read this year.

9/10: Highly Recommended


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  1. I’d want more than just a novella but you’ve tempted me. Human nature is scarier than anything.

  2. Oh my gosh this looks so good! I need to read this, I love anything horror. And that cover is amazing.

  3. This one sounds like fun. I need to explore the horror genre more. I have a love/hate relationship with being scared.

  4. That cover alone is enough to make me hide in the closet, lol! I'll have to check this out:-)

  5. the descriptions of this one are scaring me!

  6. Wow, this sounds intense. Not for me though! I'm a little wussy chicken when it comes to scary reads.

    1. It's a great one, but no, it's not for everyone. There are certain horror books I can't read either.

  7. I'm tempted and not tempted - like, maybe this is just going to be too scary - but then I-like the idea of too scary too. I think this might be one to read closer to Halloween when I can really terrify myself.
    Lynn :D

  8. I am totally tempted! I have to tell you not much scares me anymore and I like it when a book can do that! Thanks for the book recommendation!

    Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!


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