Written by: Jeremy de Quidt @jeremydequidt
Published by: David Fickling Books @DFB_Storyhouse
“It’s late. Dark. A boy rushes to catch a train, leaping aboard just before it pulls away. Suddenly he realises that it’s the wrong train. He’s annoyed of course, but not scared…Yet. He gets off at the next station, but the platform’s empty, and it doesn’t look like any station he’s seen before. But he’s still not scared…Yet. Then a stranger arrives – someone with stories to help pass the time. Only these aren’t any old stories. These are nightmares, and they come with a price to pay…Scared yet? You will be.”
You will definitely want to read The Wrong Train with the lights on. You might also want to give it a miss on your late night commute…
Jeremy de Quidt has brought together a collection of dark, macabre stories that are just perfect for consuming in small, deliciously terrifying bites.
Each of the stand alone stories in this book are excellent in their own right. Creating mistrust in the reader of seemingly innocent objects. Candles, Security lights, that blocked up chimney you know is behind the wallpaper in your bedroom all become sources of the sort of uneasy feeling that has you checking under your bed at night even though you know there is nothing there. All the more impressive is the fact that it’s managed without one single piece of graphic gore or violence. This is writing about psychological fear at it’s very best. Be wary of Jeremy de Quidt – he knows exactly what frightens us and isn’t afraid to use it.
Be aware that there are no Scooby Doo endings here, no plucky child saving the day with a deus ex machina. These stories are all the better for it.
The real star of this book is the story that links all the others. I found myself becoming more and more invested in the well being of the boy who becomes stranded at the strange railway station. I also couldn’t wait to find out more about the old man and his dog who keeps him in uneasy company there.
I’m deliberately being light on the plot of The Wrong Train, because I want you to get the same enjoyment from every single page as I did. It ends all too soon. I’m nipping off as soon as I finish this review to devour Jeremy de Quidt’s back catalogue.
Beautifully crafted, economically written stories that stay with you long after you put the book down. If you are a fan of things that go bump in the night The Wrong Train is for you. I’m serious though about not reading it at a train station…
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