Sunday, 24 May 2015

Book Review: Say Her Name by James Dawson

A student at school recommended this to me some time ago, and so I followed up with the school librarian and brought the book home. In amongst being a mum, a teacher with a full marking load and a wife, I have managed to finish this spooky tale....

The Author & Blurb
'Say Her Name' is written by James Dawson who, prior to becoming a writer, was a Teacher for 8 years and specialised in PHSCE. He has also written non-fiction texts for boys which aim to guide them through puberty and relationships. Plus, his teen horror fiction and non-fiction writing led to him being nominated for and winning the Queen of Teen award in the summer of 2014, making James the first "Boy Queen".

The blurb reads:
'Drip...drip...drip... In five days, she will come...

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it? 

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror -five days - but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted 'Queen of Teen' author James Dawson.'

My Thoughts
The cover suggests a story of blood and gore, in which something is going to try and get someone. I thought that the cover design complemented the story and its title.

Dawson has written this with a young adult/ teen audience in mind. That said, there were moments that were a little spine-tingling for me as an adult and he does use language and punctuation well, to create tension and build suspense. There are moments which do make your heart race just a little bit faster.

Bobbie as a main character was really likable and normal; she was a lover of books and a bit shy around those she doesn't know well, which appeals to many of us book folk! She also has a common sense attitude to life around her and even amidst this horror story, does not aimlessly run around panicking. She is definitely an enjoyable female lead.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
I would definitely recommend this to those who like to read books aimed at young adults and teens, or to those of us who enjoy a scare (but still want to be able to go for a wee in the middle of the night). 
Weekend Book Club


  1. Sounds like a great book to read without having to think too much! Thanks for sharing #weekendbookclub

    1. Yeah you definitely don't need to think much, but it was enjoyable and I liked the twist at the end xx #weekendbookclub