The Wrong Train
Written by Jeremy De Quidt
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In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories
Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night.
Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time shifts to unease when you realise that it’s eerily empty. Your journey is only supposed to be three stops, but it’s taking too long and the route is unfamiliar. You seize an opportunity to disembark, but wonder how you’ll get home from this deserted station. Then a man appears, with his dog, carrying a glass lantern. He offers to tell you stories to pass time while you await another train. At least there is another train, you think. And then the stranger starts to tell his stories, and a Pandora’s box of paranoia is unleashed. What’s common to each of the old man’s tales is an aching sense of alienation, helplessness, and feeling trapped (I think Babysitting hit me hardest, though it’s impossible to choose – more on that in a moment…), with uncomfortable interludes between the boy and the storyteller adding to the novel’s tension (amusingly, the boy is as irritated as he is afraid). All he wants to do is go home, but he’s trapped in the stranger’s game and the train won't come until he chooses his favourite story. “What’s real is what we believe,” says the storyteller. Heaven help the listener who believes these stories to be true…
The writing is taut, electric as exposed wiring, and conjures an exquisitely vivid sense of dread. Masterfully macabre, this comes highly recommended for fans of Chris Priestly's chilling Uncle Montague stories, or Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected. ~ Joanne Owen
Teens and YA's love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
- Amelia Corrick-Gough, age 14 - 'A thrilling book full of intense short stories all linked together to make one large, spooky story. A book to read all in one sitting...'
- Humaira, age 18 - 'It was hard to put down as scary and haunting as it is...Delightfully scary.'
- Aonghus Anderson, age 12 - 'I was not disappointed. With a chilling selection of horror stories inside a horror story, it was truly terrifying...Don't read this book after dark...'
- Sophia Ufton - 'Please read this book! (just not at night.)'
- Ella O'Gorman - 'The Wrong Train will appeal to lovers of horror and those who really like to be scared.'
- Imogen Breaks, age 13 - 'I don't get scared particularly easily but this book definitely haunted me. Oddly though l couldn't put this book down! I wouldn't recommend this book to the faint hearted but it was amazing!'
- Destiny - 'This novel was very tense, mysterious and creepy. The stories that were told were very imaginative and original. I loved this title.'
The Wrong Train by Jeremy De Quidt
It's late. Dark. A boy rushes to catch a train, leaping aboard just before it pulls away. Suddenly he realises that it's the wrong train. He's annoyed of course, but not scared...Yet. He gets off at the next station, but the platform's empty, and it doesn't look like any station he's seen before. But he's still not scared...Yet.
Then a stranger arrives - someone with stories to help pass the time. Only these aren't any old stories. These are nightmares, and they come with a price to pay...Scared yet? You will be.
Praise for Jeremy de Quidt:
“Pacy, exciting and inventive” - Guardian
“Thrilling, dark and exciting” - The Bookseller
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