By Christopher Pike
Eight years ago the
girls had a slumber party. There were six of them there: Lara, Rachael,
Mindy, Dana, Nell, and her little sister Nicole. Perhaps the trouble
started with the Ouija board. Perhaps not. Either way, it was a night
that the five survivors of the party would never forget.
Now they are having another party and Lara has invited her new friend,
Celeste. So, once again there are six of them, but they aren't getting
together for a slumber party this time; they intend to spend the
weekend skiing. They don't get together often and all of them carry
scars from that night eight years ago, but the scars are all on the
inside. Except for Nell. She has a few scars on the outside too. She
got those when she tried to save her sister from the flames.
The first strange thing to happen is the snowman. It has somehow
melted, regardless of the bitter weather. All that remains of it are
its scarf, the sunglasses and a cowboy hat, resting in a concave circle
of ice. It's a real puzzle. Then one of the girls goes missing and one
of her skis is found near another circle of ice frozen into the snow
and—to make things worse—a storm is coming in.
Lara is the main character in Slumber
Party and she would also probably
be the most attractive member of the gang if it wasn't for Rachael.
Rachael is a real stunner and she knows it. Lara knows it too
and concedes to herself that, in the looks department, she can never
hope to compete with her friend. When both girls fall for the same guy
though, and that guy seems to be more interested in Lara than Rachel, a
rivalry develops between the two friends and this little love triangle
continues for most of the book as an interesting little sub-plot.
Throughout the book, the reader is always aware that something
mysterious is happening and I for one was very surprised when I reached
the end of the book and found out what that something was. In fact, I
received more than one surprise when the truth of the situation was
Slumber Party is
part mystery, part horror (slightly), and part love story. It is a very
entertaining read and some of the scenes are amusing enough that they
brought a smile to my face—and it takes a lot to do that—so it is not
all doom and gloom in the snow.
At only around 128 pages, Slumber
Party is not a long book, and is probably more novella
length than novel, so it would be an easy matter to read the whole book
in just one sitting.
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