Point Horror: “April Fools,” by Richie Tankersley Cusick (1990)

Somewhat unusual for the Point Horror series, this entry by Richie Tankerlsey Cusick feels like a southern Gothic thriller as written for young adults. Protagonist Belinda is not one of the more likable from the series so far, and her relationship with her friends is fraught with tension, which makes for several questionable exchanges between the three. However, the central mystery is genuinely intriguing as are the supporting characters, and the denouement is surprisingly layered and filled with surprises. It’s a shame that the unpleasant interactions among the characters has a tendency to sap the suspense out of the narrative by lowering the stakes.

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜… (out of 5)

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