‘Tell the story to its end,’ says Eren with a grin. His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night.
‘When I reach the end,’ I say, ‘what happens? You’ll have the whole story.’
‘Hmm,’ he says, looking at me and licking his lips with a dry, grey tongue. ‘What happens then? Why don’t we find out?’
People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad isn’t with them. Where is he? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, but then he finds a secret of his own: he discovers the creature that lives in the attic…
Eren is not human.
Eren is hungry for stories.
Eren has been waiting for him.
Sharing his stories with Eren, Oli starts to make sense of what’s happening downstairs with his family. But what if it’s a trap? Soon, Oli must make a choice: learn the truth – or abandon himself to Eren’s world, forever.
What I Thought: When I read the description of Eren it immediately put me in mind of Skellig by David Almond, but actually I think it’s a bit darker than that and, for a book aimed at a younger reader, it’s quite sinister. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy Eren, as I did; it was a very original story and Eren – whatever ‘he’ may be – was a good, creepy character.
The dynamic between Oli and his friends, and Oli and the grown ups was well-conceived and the mystery around Oli’s Dad, although explained in the end, was not too obvious and there was the feeling that you were discovering things at the same time as Oli, so there were some surprises.
Eren is not a particularly long book, but it doesn’t suffer for that, as the prose is tight and the story is told without fanfare. The ending was also a surprise, but good because Simon Clark didn’t feel the need to wrap everything neatly – there are still questions and things to ponder when you’ve finished the book.
This post is part of a blog tour, so please do check out some of the other blogs participating to see what they thought and for some giveaways!
Please Note: I was sent a copy of Eren for review purposes and to participate in the blog tour. All opinions about the book are my own.