Monday, August 31, 2015

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

The Creeping
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
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The Creeping was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the summer. I love contemporary stories that straddle the line between contemporary and supernatural. I like not knowing if the villain in the story is something that can be seen or if it is just the dark parts of the human soul. The Creeping tried to do this but ended up falling short.

One of the reasons this book came up short was because I had hard time with the characters. Stella and her friends read as very immature in the beginning. I was happy to see that Stella grew and changed as the book progressed but none of the other characters did. I also couldn’t stand the overuse of slang. The dialogue felt out of place and more like a gimmick then what actual people would say.

I did enjoy the mystery of The Creeping though. When Stella was a child she and her friend Jeanie were taken from their front yard but only Stella returned. I loved that this novel investigated the town’s history, sources of their fear, and eventually led to a satisfying conclusion. It was too bad that the last 10% of this book really should have been the most exciting part but it just wasn’t. It all felt too tightly wrapped up.

The relationship between Stella and Sam was another aspect of this story that I enjoyed. They were childhood best friends and I liked how great Sam treated Stella. Even when she didn’t deserve it he was a great person. I also liked how Stella’s relationship with her best friend Zoey changed throughout this novel. There aren’t a lot of books that show the dynamics of a friendship as good as this one does.

Overall, there were parts of The Creeping that I really enjoyed and there were other parts that dragged. This novel could have been a lot shorter and a lot creepier. I have a feeling though that this will come with time and Alexandra Sirowy’s next novel will be even better!


  1. I liked the creeping part of this book but the characters drove me nuts! I couldn't stand the over-use of the words "slut" and "whore" and the slang was awful. It really hurt my enjoyment of the book. Glad I wasn't alone in finding that irritating

  2. Now I'm on the fence about this one! Bummer! I looked like such a good read too!