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My Best Friend's Exorcism (2016)

von Grady Hendrix

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1988. Charleston, South Carolina. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act--different. She's moody. She's irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she's nearby. Abby's investigation leads her to some startling discoveries--and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?… (mehr)
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I actually don't read as much horror as I used to, because I find either the plots are stupid, the characters do something remarkably stupid to advance the plot, or the horror just doesn't horrify. That's the bad stuff, and there's a lot of it. Then there's the passable horror, that gives you a lot of what you want, but there's still something—a subplot that falls flat, an annoying character (that's not meant to be annoying), or a point where the story just kind of sags. I would have to say that even those I consider masters of the genre are guilty of this.

With the one-two punch of Horrorstör and then this one, Grady Hendrix just rocketed to the top of my favourite authors list.

Hendrix is able to distill the environment—whether it's a knock-off Ikea clone store or the 80s—with grace, humour, and tongue planted decidedly in cheek. His plots are deceptively simple. His characters are both incredibly real and insanely likeable.

But all this would only be okay if he wasn't able to bring the horror. And he's a fucking master at bringing the horror as well.

But most importantly, the two books I've read suffer from none of the maladies I mention above. None. Elmore Leonard once stated that it was important to cut out the sections of story that the reader would skip over. It's frustratingly important and stupidly vague advice...but Hendrix gets it. He cuts out all the bloat, all the fat, and leaves nothing but lean, mean story.

And the weird thing is, a year or so ago, I saw Horrorstör and was intrigued, but I also viewed it as a bit gimmicky—which, if I'm honest, it kind of is—but then I saw My Best Friend's Exorcism and was immediately turned off. Nope, I thought, this just looks stupid.

I'm really glad I decided to try it anyway.

I love this guy. Hendrix, unless you manage to pull a Chuck Palahniuk, you've just gotten a lifetime pass from me. I'll read anything you write.


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  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
This was such a fun and thrilling book. Great October read. Would definitely reread. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
Why this book? Thanks to this review https://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2021/03/my-best-friends-exorcism.html I now know it was written by the author of Horrorstor and have now noticed that the cover looks like a VHS.
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Yikes. Usually not my cup of tea but it was a page turner and i was glad when it was over ( )
  kakadoo202 | Jun 3, 2021 |
Good horror story with a nice amount of 80s nostalgia. It was a bit more gross horror than the creepy horror that I usually prefer, but that is only personal preference. Demon possession stories are usually on the gross end of the spectrum and it is done well here. ( )
  Cora-R | Apr 21, 2021 |
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Who knows the reasons why.*

*But if she doesn't, I would suggest she have her attorney consult both protective orders filed against her, the criminal complaint which outlines these reasons in great detail, and maybe also her conscience because disclosing the whereabouts of the bodies will finally bring some kind of closure for my family.
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1988. Charleston, South Carolina. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act--different. She's moody. She's irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she's nearby. Abby's investigation leads her to some startling discoveries--and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

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