A new novel by best-selling children's author R.L. Stine has its sights set on scaring adults. This is not a book written to scare children. This story is much more sinister.
"Red Rain" tells the story of Lea Stutter, a travel writer visiting a small island off the coast of South Carolina. While Lea is learning about the mysteries of the island, she finds an unexpected hurricane suddenly bearing down on the small island.
After barely surviving the storm and its aftermath, Lea begins the process of helping the island inhabitants put their lives back together. During this process she discovers orphaned twin boys and is immediately drawn to them.
Lea's compassion for these two young boys is strong and she finds herself drawn to them in ways she cannot explain. Her compassion for them leads her to push her husband and family to adopt the twins. She sees this as a way to find some good in a horrible disaster.
After arriving home with her new twin sons, Lea finds her family is not as eager to accept the boys as she had hoped. Her husband and young son are suspicious of the new twins and her daughter basically ignores them. For Lea, this is just another challenge. She is certain the boys will soon be accepted and loved by everyone.
While trying to adjust to the new changes in his family, Lea's husband, Mark, is facing his own challenges. His best-selling book is stirring up controversy, and he is finding himself attracted to his young female assistant.
All of this sets the background for Stine's introduction of murder and mayhem. Soon after the twins arrive in the small coastal town of Sag Harbor, a visitor to the Sutters' home is murdered in the driveway of their home. More murders soon follow, and before long the tiny town is facing an evil beyond anything it has ever seen before.
For adults who have read Stine's "Goosebumps" series, this novel may be surprising. Stine is definitely not writing this for the children's market.
"Red Rain" is well-written, but it is not Stine's typical scary story. It should not be read by children as it is filled with strong language, sexual situations and violence.
Overall a good story, but not one that will be found suitable for all of Stine's fans.
Steve Larson is one of the founders of Information Alliance, a Utah-based data collection company. He currently serves as vice president of sales. He spends his free time writing and practicing photography. He also enjoys spending time outdoors.