"A teenage boy vanishes in the dead of night and the hunt is on."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted June 8, 2016
Thriller Paranormal - Supernatural | Thriller Psychological
Elizabeth is going through a parent's worst nightmare.
telephone rings in the middle of the night to alert her to
the fact that her 13 year old son, Tommy, is missing. He
gone to spend the night with two of his friends, Joshua
Luis. They had apparently decided to go to their favorite
hangout spot, a place they call Devil's Rock. At one
Tommy had left the two of them and gone off chasing
something in the woods. He never came out again.
Having been a single mother to Tommy and his 11 year old
sister, Kate, for years, Elizabeth has only her own mother
Janice as a support system, which is a good thing because
Elizabeth is practically nonfunctional at first. She wants
and needs answers but, at this point; there are no clues
to why Tommy fled into the woods or what happened to him
once he vanished.
What she does find out is that she probably did not know
son as well as she thought she did. Joshua and Luis offer
very little information although they do tell the police
well as Elizabeth about a new friend they had made. He was
older than the boys, probably in his 20's, and he had
to have made the strongest connection with Tommy.
As the search for Tommy continues, Elizabeth is
some strange phenomena at her house in the form of pages
ripped from Tommy's diary. They seem to just appear in
middle of the living room floor during the night. Not only
that, but she is positive that she sees a ghostly image of
Tommy huddled in her room one night.
While Elizabeth slowly loses her mind with worry and
the police continue to search for Tommy along with
questioning his two friends who were there the night he
disappeared. The situation grows more serious with each
passing day. What happened to Tommy? Can he be found, and
so, will he be safe?
DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL'S ROCK is packed full of mysteries
that will draw you into the book itself to try helping
the resolution. It was all I could do not to skip ahead to
the end because not knowing what was going on was making
a little crazy. In addition, author Paul Tremblay
captures the emotions and voices of each character
His gift as a wordsmith creates suspense that you can
literally feel in your body as it tenses up with each new
The questions are many. What has happened to Tommy? Is it
one of those horrific kidnappings that are heard of every
day? Is it something supernatural? Maybe it is both of
things meshed together. Nothing will prepare you for the
truth but, in this case, that is actually a good thing
because DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL'S ROCK is a book unlike
other that you may read in the future. It is a treat for
of your senses. Do not deprive yourself of this
A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious
disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend
of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and
supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of
“A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out
of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare,” raved Stephen King
about Paul Tremblay’s previous novel. Now, Tremblay returns
with another disturbing tale sure to unsettle readers.
Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the
devastating news that every mother fears: her
thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace
in the woods of a local park.
The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her
young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy’s
disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is
compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state
police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends
who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not
be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland
State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark
the local teens have renamed Devil’s Rock.
Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry,
pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the
strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly
shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and
other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through
their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn
from Tommy’s journal begin to mysteriously appear—entries
that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the
phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a
drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale
involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a
horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.
As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of
what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is
prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s
disappearance at Devil’s Rock.
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