book review

Imaginary Friend | Stephen Chbosky





Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.


Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.


Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.


Coming back a totally different person. Thinking you’re going crazy – or being the only one who knows what’s coming.


Something that will change everything…And having to save everyone you love.



In a completely different direction to Chbosky’s first and up until yesterday, only novel, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Imaginary Friend will lead you straight into the horror of Mission Street Woods, which will leave you only reading in daylight and triple checking the locks on your doors.

“Don’t leave the street. They can’t get you if you don’t leave the street.”


Fifty years ago, 6 year old David Olsen entered the Mission Street Woods, and never returned home. Now, fifty years later, 7 year old Christopher and his mum Kate, have moved to a new town, ready to start over, and history begins to repeat itself.

A lot of detail went into this 700+ page story, some a little repetitive at times, but the descriptiveness and the writing style pulled it together well enough that it didn’t bother me that much.

An absolutely thrilling and creepy read, if you enjoy the work of Stephen King, or paranormal, thrilling reads and if you are looking for a spooky horrifying book for October, this would be one of those.

Imaginary Friend is out now.


Thank you to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy for review.

Happy reading!

Lizz xx

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