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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
Horror

Imaginary Friend

by Stephen Chbosky

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Quick take

From the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a horror that'll suck you in with genuinely creepy scenes. Yikes.

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  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_WellKnownAuthor

    Famous author

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Creepy

    Creepy

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Buzzy

    Buzzy

Synopsis

We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.

At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.

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Member ratings (1,154)

  • Jennifer B.

    Dunmore, PA

    WOW! This was hands down one of my favorite horror books I’ve ever read. It’s quite a large novel so I didn’t expect to get through it so fast, but I couldn’t put it down! A beautiful, haunting story.

  • Emilia J.

    Crofton, MD

    ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!! Best book I’ve read in a long time by far! There are a bunch of twists and surprises perfectly put together and I thought it was an absolutely magnificent book!!!❤️❤️

  • Megan S.

    Woodstock, GA

    WOW!! Was not at all expecting to like this so much but it’s easily in my top 5 books this year! I’m usually hesitant to read longer books but I absolutely loved this and didn’t want it to ever end.

  • Jeannine L.

    Philadelphia, PA

    The size of this book was a bit intimidating at 1st glance, so i was hesitant to start reading it. However, i was hooked after the 1st chapter & couldn't put it down. Was finished in 2 days & loved it

  • Mick R.

    Colusa, CA

    The size of this book was daunting at first but once I started, I couldn't put it down until I finished! I caught many clues even on the first page and I was still surprised many times! Enthralling.

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