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The Wrong Train

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The Wrong Train

Imagine getting on the wrong train. It would be terrible, right? Next, imagine getting off at a train station to catch another train to take you home. It would be annoying. Now, imagine a stranger and his dog coming to you and telling you stories to keep you company. But they’re not just any stories; they’re stories crafted to give even the bravest of the people nightmares.

Jeremy de Quidt’s book, THE WRONG TRAIN, is nothing short of horror that would terrify even adults, despite being a read for ages around 10 to 15. The book is about a boy who manages to get on the wrong train and, in a panic, gets off the first stop to catch the right train home. As he is waiting, an old man and his dog decide to keep the boy company and help pass his time by telling him short stories. After the man tells the first horror story about a girl and her baby brother, the boy refuses to hear another story, yet the old man continues to tell another story. This time it’s a story about lights. As the book continues, the readers get to hear more and more supernatural horror stories ranging from the topics of cars, monsters, dead Mary and more.

"The eerie atmosphere, uncanny short stories and climatic moments all add to the strengths of the book....the perfect read for those who are connoisseurs of the genre of horror."

The main reason I loved this book was the storyline of an unknown old man telling unpleasant stories to a boy, whose name is not known. Not knowing the background story of the old man, not being given the boy’s name and the eerie atmospheric setup helped develop the unsettling mood of this book, which added to the horror. Another reason to read this book is the wide variety of short stories. Unlike most authors, Jeremy de Quidt makes sure that each story has both new characters and new terrors while staying unpredictable with an unfinished ending. Each short story in the novel is the same in that it includes twisted stories of everyday things. However, each story is different and unique in their own ways.

For me, “Babysitting” was the best short story in the book. I just loved the concept of taking the simplicity of the situation being turned into a fright. Another favorite story of mine was “The Security Light.” The concept of something that is supposed to make one feel safe and secure at night was seen to be the cause for terror for a young girl. Although I enjoyed most of the short stories, “The Black Forest Chair,” was the only one I didn’t enjoy. It ended the short stories on an unsatisfactory note, however Jeremy de Quidt made it up with an amazing plot twist.

To wrap it up, in THE WRONG TRAIN, Jeremy de Quidt does an amazing job. The eerie atmosphere, uncanny short stories and climatic moments all add to the strengths of the book. All these factors lead to the book being dark and exciting, making it the perfect read for those who are connoisseurs of the genre of horror.

Reviewed by Nikita V., Teen Board Member on July 24, 2017

The Wrong Train
by Jeremy de Quidt