Genres: Horror, Paranormal
This was such a fun read, I didn’t expect it to be so entertaining. When I read the blurb saying it was both a heart-warming story about friendship and also a horror story, I was a bit confused. But yes! This reads like a summer horror blockbuster, and I had lots of fun.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is the story of Abby and Gretchen, and the fall of ’88, when Gretchen is possessed by a demon. She’s moody, irritable, edgy – and strange things keep happening around her. Now, Abby must find a way to help her friend, even if nobody will believe her. Will their friendship be strong enough?
The two girls’ friendship was very lovely, and it made me want to be in the 80s laughing over some gossip and singing Total Eclipse of The Heart till my throat is sore. It was lovely and made me smile. Although it did take a while for the horror part of the book to really start, I didn’t mind it too much because I actually was quite invested in the story. It was so easy to dive right into the girls’ lives and to care for each of them.
Also, the demonic possession was so well done, it creeped me out and kept me on my toes, wondering at what it would do next! I don’t want to spoil it, but if you’ve read it, comment below what you thought of that Margaret part! I thought it both genius and terrifying.
Anyways, I had a great time reading this and will recommend it for anyone who likes horror blockbusters and stories about female friendships. Or if you like 80s stuff, because there’s lots of 80s references that I loved so much and this cover is seriously wonderful!
Disclosure: I did not buy the book myself, I received a free copy from the Quirk Books display at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This did not influence my review, I genuinely enjoyed this book.