Reveal Books (2021)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (07/2021)
Teenager Seth is full of angst. While he is attracted to several people, including two female friends, the current focus of his attention is Dimitri. Hoping to hook up with him at a Rave, Seth and his friends venture out to the location that is hidden in the Canadian woods. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite the way anybody expects that night. When one of Seth’s friends is found decapitated, he and his friends take off into the forest. Things take a turn for the worse when the creature who attacked their friend comes after them. Seth and his two female friends witness another horrific murder, and escape to a cabin in the woods. The cabin happens to be occupied by Seth’s cousin Floyd, who went to prison for being involved with a murder ten years ago in which the victim was also decapitated. It is the anniversary of that night. Seth seeks answers from Floyd and gets a story he wasn’t expecting and they’re all in a fight for their lives as they try to make it back home.
Wow! That is the first thought that came to mind after I finished reading “Rave.” I found myself holding my breath through much of this fast-paced story. The author Konn Lavery did a fantastic job of creating a novel that is full of complicated characters affected by a tragedy from the past.
Intertwined into the horror are the characters who are more like social misfits trying to find their way. Feeling like outcasts from the mainstream teen population helps them to connect with each other. Fighting for their lives together seals the connection, but unfortunately, they will still have losses. This aspect adds a twist of the knife to their already complicated stories. Teens full of angst, and their grown up versions will really be able to relate to the characters. The horrific acts by a deranged killer add a great deal of suspense and horror to this story.
I both loved “Rave” and hated it, because Lavery made me feel really uncomfortable as I followed along. This made it a perfect horror novel, because I am looking to be unsettled. I highly recommend “Rave” to fans of horror and teens who get to pick their own summer reading books.