by Edgar Cantero
Review by Gayle Surrette
Doubleday Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: 9780385541992
Date: 11 July 2017
Meddling Kids is a bit Scooby Doo Gang meets Lovecraftian monsters, mixed with a smidge of Renfield, setting things up for an evil menace. When they were youngsters the main characters formed a pseudo-detective club to fill up their time when their parents all summered in the same town on a lake. The last case wasn't like finding a dog, missing bicycle, or their other cases. It was finding a missing person and, while they were successful, there were some seriously scary and weird things that happened that none of them could bring themselves to talk about to the adults who praised them for catching the kidnapper.
Years later, they’ve all dealt with the memory of their last case in their own ways but it has soured all their lives in one way or another. None of them has achieved the life they once dreamt of having and then there are the nightmares.
Now they know they must gather together and face what happened that night. The kidnapper is being released from prison. The nightmares are getting more vivid and harder to shake off. And another child may have been taken.
The novel starts off introducing the reader to the characters with a flashback to their youthful detective agency and immediately moves forward to them collecting each other to return to their childhood summer hometown. The author keeps the tension rising and the reader unsure of what direction this tale will take. Is the horror real, or was it just the horror of children facing the evil that adults can do to each other with the innocence of childhood.
Nevertheless, the story pulls you in, the adventure begins, and time flies as the pages pass before your eyes. You're kept wondering what really happened and what will they find when they return.