Review: ‘Red Rain: A Novel’ by RL Stine

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Red Rain: A Novel’ by RL StineRed Rain by R.L. Stine
Published by Touchstone on October 9th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Supernatural, Thriller
Pages: 371
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
Before there was J. K. Rowling, before there was Stephenie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable, his books defined horror for a generation of young readers – readers who have now come of age.

In Red Rain, Stine uses his unerring knack for creating terror to tap into some very grownup fears. Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.

In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys – twins. Filled with a desire to do something to help, to make something good of all she witnessed, Lea impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island – husband Mark, a child psychologist, and their two children, Ira and Elena – aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature – or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.

For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a must-read from a beloved master of the genre.

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When this press release landed in my inbox, I just knew that I had to read it. I was a fan of the GooseBumps series as a kid and even owned one bind-up edition that cackled when you opened it. So imagine to my surprise that R. L. Stine was back with a novel for adults.

We find Lea Sutter who writes a travel adventure blog (Yay bloggers!) visiting a tiny island. As spoon as she lands, she finds the people odd, and their ways abnormal. After witnessing a ritual called Mains Magiques (Magic Hands) and Revinir (French for return), her sushi pickings grow until a hurricane decimates the entire island. From the hurricane’s aftermath, she sees two blonde orphan boys who look like innocent angels and decides in an instant that she wants to adopt them. Much to the dismay of her family back on Long Island, her husband Mark finds himself locked in a battle against a growing body count.


You would think the main character in this one would be Lea. But she only had my attention for the first part. There is no main character unless you count Mark. But then again I wasn’t too sure. The book reads as third person, just like flashes from a movie scene. You’ll see glimpses of the twins’ and their diabolical plans, to Mark’s progress as a writer, to Lea’s sudden realization in the end. It was rather confusing but the pacing definitely makes up for it. I couldn’t put it down. It was just one of those books that I had to finish. I needed to know where they came from, and why were they doing it.


So annoying having to read, “…didn’t you know.” tacked to practically every sentence the twins say. But I chose to ignore it after a while. The little twist at the end was very good. And I must say the story ended in a great way. I have to admit I couldn’t exactly sleep the next night imagining all the things that were described.


If I could sum up Red Rain in one word, it’s be disturbing. This is one dark and creepy tale, so if you’re a wimp like me, don’t read it at night.


It’s raining blood!
I believe parents should act like guides—but not like cops. Children need their parents to be warm and loving. But they also need to be independent from them.
You can control your actions but not your thoughts. And yes, he had violent thoughts.
We don’t know fear of things, don’t you know.





  1. Teresa Salvatore

    April 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Scrolling through your reviews list I came upon this one and since I loved it so much, I just had to know what you thought. I’m glad you enjoyed it because I simply couldn’t put it down. It was creepy and I loved the twist as well. It didn’t leave me creeped out though and I would have liked it if I’d had a nightmare or two!

  2. MonaG

    January 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I’ve never read any of the books in Stine’s Goosebumps or Fear Street series. However, I did read Superstitious, his first adult novel, and enjoyed it.

    I’ve checked out Red Rain from the library a couple times but always had to return it before even starting it 🙁

  3. Christiane C.

    November 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Yay, A R.L. Stine book for adults, I used to read Goosebumps when i was a kid. So this is a definite read for me! I love scary books 😀
    Thanks for reviewing this.

  4. Brent

    November 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    sounds interesting

  5. Janet

    November 15, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I haven’t read Stine yet, but your review was interesting.

  6. Eva

    November 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Man I loved Goosebumps! Disturbing, though? I don’t think that would be for me!

  7. brandileigh2003

    November 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    I’ve heard a lot about Stine but believe it or not, never read anything he wrote.

  8. Ana Death Duarte

    November 13, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    I’ve read my first Stine book this year (yeah, shame on me, I did not read Goosebumps series =() and fell in love with his style of writing (It is the first day of school … forever! was the name of the book)… and for sure, since this will also be released soon in Brazil, I will surely read this one too ^^

  9. Grace Lo

    November 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Considering the way I was absolutely terrified of R.L. Stine’s children’s books, I’m probably going to irritate my mother to the last shred of her sanity by turning all the lights on to read this book. To be honest, I love scary, disturbing books because of how it make me feel like: O_O
    And I must retrieve my childhood blankie from the dark recesses of my closet before I begin reading this book.

  10. Jaime Lester

    November 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    R.L. Stine was a favorite of mine growing up, so I am definitely curious about this one. I definitely like creepy so I think I might like it. It definitely sounds weird…… and creepy. Thanks for the review!

  11. Erika

    November 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Thanks for the introduction! Haven’t heard of this one but excited about R.L. Stine’s new book. Great review!

  12. Kristen @ My Bookish Fairy Tale

    November 10, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    I have been waiting to read this one for a while. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy Great review Giselle

  13. Carol

    November 8, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Can’t believe R.L Stine is back with a novel for adults. I was a huge fan of his books as a kid – still have my Fear Street Collection resting on one of my shelves 😉 I think I’ll give this a try

  14. Ashley @ FireStarBooks

    November 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I am so glad you enjoyed this one. It wasn’t a book for me D:.

  15. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    November 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    I really want to read this, as I was a huge fan of Fear Street when I was a kid…but I’m also terrified. Incredibly terrified.

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