Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
Cirque Du Freak, The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1
Finished: Apr. 18, 2008
First Published: 2001
Genre: YA, horror
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I've always been fascinated by spiders.
Reason for Reading: YA challenge, 1st in a series challenge. I really enjoyed Shan's latest book for adults so I decided to try his YA series.
Comments: Darren Shan and his friend get tickets to go to a secretive Freak Show which has mysteriously arrived in their town. While they are there the boys learn that one of the performers is a vampire in disguise. This vampire does an act for the show with a huge deadly spider and Darren is fascinated with spiders. He sneaks back to the theatre during the day when the vampire will be asleep and steals the spider. Thus begins a downward spiral of events which lead to serious injury and life and death decisions.
I have to say I really enjoyed this! It was a very quick read and so much fun. We are introduced to a whole cast of strange characters but only briefly and the urge to read the next in the series is strong. The book is well written, with a very intriguing plot. While not exactly scary (at least, to this adult) it certainly is creepy and filled with atmosphere. The blurb on the back of my book compares it to Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot and I completely agree. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to young horror fans twelve and up.
I'm off to the library to get book 2!