Relic

Relic Review

From Gretchen McNeil, the author of Ten and Possess, comes this teen horror novel perfect for young fans of Stephen King, and Lois Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer.

For Annie Kramer, the summer before college is bittersweet—both a last hurrah of freedom and the last days she'll spend with her boyfriend, Jack, before they head off to different colleges. So she and her friends plan one final adventure: a houseboating trip on Shasta Lake, complete with booze, romance . . . and an off-limits exploration of the notorious Bull Valley Mine.

The legends of mysterious lights and missing persons on Shasta Lake have been a staple of sleepovers and campouts since Annie was a kid. Full of decrepit bridges that lead to nowhere, railroad tunnels that disappear into the mountains, and terrifying stories of unexplained deaths and bodies that were never recovered, Bull Valley Mine is notorious and frightening—perfect for an epic conclusion to their high school lives.

The trip is fun and light—at first. But when a deranged stranger stumbles upon their campsite, spouting terrifying warnings and pleas for help, it's clear that everyone is in danger. And when their exploration of the mine goes horribly wrong, Annie and her friends quickly discover that the menace of Bull Valley Mine doesn't stay at Shasta Lake—it follows them home.

As one by one her friends fall victim to this mysterious and violent force, Annie must do whatever it takes to discover the ancient secrets of the mine and save her friends . . . if she's not already too late.

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Title:Relic
Edition Language:English

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    Relic Reviews

  • Sarah

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Four tunnels,” Jack says decisively, “eight of us. We’ll split up ...

  • Stacee

    Who says we don't need cannibalism in YA? Not me. And if anyone could tackle the subject, it's Gretchen. I loved this group of characters and the plot was so deliciously creepy. Every time I thought I...

  • Jen Ryland

    When I was in high school, I loved horror movies. My tastes have changed somewhat - I'm way more of a wimp now - but I was hoping this would be a throwback to those old school teen horror movies, like...

  • Mehsi

    Ladies and gentlemen, Gretchen McNeil did it again. She wrote another haunting, creepy book! OK not really recommended if you are having stomach flu like me, because it is kind of gory. But other than...

  • Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    I was needing a good horror novel and Relic did a great job and boy did the ending surprise me!It has the makings of a good syfy movie with a group of teens who think they are untouchable. You have th...

  • Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I finally, finally read Gretchen McNeil's Relic! It's novella length, longer than a short story and shorter than a novel and it's the perfect creepy, horror read for Halloween! It was a story I wasn't...

  • Brittany Allyn

    This book reads just like countless horror movies I've watched, which at first was a good thing, but like many horror movies it ended as a big disappointment. For starters the "twist" couldn't have be...

  • Freesiab (Bookish Review)

    Maybe 3.5. It’s a teen horror story, with a supernatural twist. A perfect quick, and exciting, read for a winter’s night or a holiday flight. I did not figure out the plot twist, which was a nice ...

  • Michelle

    This was interesting. Full review soon! Merged review: This book has one hell of a twist I didn’t see coming. I was totally wrong about everything. I didn’t realize how much this book would get to...

  • Sunsettowers

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book, or my review itself.Relic centers around Annie, our narrator, and her bo...