Review: The Light (Morpheus Road #1) by D.J. MacHale

The Light (Morpheus Road #1) by DJ MacHaleThe Light (Morpheus Road) by D.J. MacHale
Hardcover: 341 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (April 20, 2010)

D.J. MacHale, author of the popular Pendragon series, shows us with The Light that he’s still a master of horror. The book is classified as Young Adult, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up because it has plenty of chills for adults too.

Before this book, I thought ghost stories were a thing of the past. After all, the world of fantasy and urban fiction has found plenty more to scare us with, but this isn’t the tired old ghost story formula. Mr. MacHale proves that he’s a master storyteller by telling the story from the point-of-view of the main character, Marsh. When’s he’s on edge, prowling around his own home with any weapon he can find, unnerved by phantom faces and things that literally go bump in the night; you’re right there on the edge with him. I wasn’t to the point of turning all the lights on, but if a mysterious breeze had happened to rustle some papers or a sink had suddenly started dripping…well, all the lights would have probably been turned on then.

Marsh is a realistic and believable character. He’s a regular teen who just wants to have a great start to his summer vacation. It might not start off great, but it’s definitely going to be memorable. His best friend, Coop, has gotten into some trouble. When his parents take him to their summer retreat to let things cool down, things go from bad to worse, when Coop winds up missing. Marsh is worried about his friend, but he’s got a few more pressing things on his mind…like trying to figure out how Gravedigger, a character he created, has suddenly come to life, and why the all-to-real figment of his imagination is trying to kill him.

Coop’s sister, Sydney, is drawn into the adventure with Marsh. She appears to be an ice-queen and a snob, but things aren’t always what they seem, and I found myself liking her as the story progressed…although first impressions will have you wondering how that’s possible. Trust me on this – it’s possible.

If you’ve avoided stories about ghosts, feeling that they’re a little old-fashioned, I’d recommend that you give The Light (Morpheus Road) a chance. The story will suck you in and make you believe again that it’s not just a branch scratching against the window outside, and that thump in the other room? It wasn’t your imagination.

Walk the Morpheus Road…because, in time, everyone does.

Summary

Marshall “Marsh” Seaver is being haunted.

It begins with mysterious sounds, a fleeting face outside a window, a rogue breeze – all things that can be explained away. That is, until he comes face-to-face with a character who only exists on the pages of a sketchbook – a character Marshall himself created.

Marshall has no idea why he is being tormented by this forbidding creature, but he is quickly convinced it has something to do his best friend, Cooper, who has gone missing. Together with Cooper’s beautiful but aloof sister, Sydney, Marshall searches for the truth about his friend while ultimately uncovering a nightmare that is bigger and more frightening than he could ever have imagined.

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