Monday, May 11, 2015

The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave by J.H. Moncrieff [4 stars]

From the Description:

Sometimes evil looks like a fuzzy teddy bear.

Still grieving the untimely death of his dad, ten-year-old Josh Leary is reluctant to accept a well-worn stuffed teddy bear from his new stepfather. He soon learns he was right to be wary. Edgar is no ordinary toy...and he doesn’t like being rejected. When Josh banishes him to the closet, terrible things begin to happen.
Desperate to be rid of the bear, Josh engages the help of a friend. As the boys’ efforts rebound on them with horrifying results, Josh is forced to accept the truth—Edgar will always get even.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Part of the Childhood Fears series of novellas from Samhain Publishing. The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave covers two childhood fears very well. The evil step-father and the evil toy, in this case a horrid teddy bear named Edgar. The main character Josh is very believable and his friend Sean is a lot of fun. My heart went out to Josh as he struggled to deal with things that would be hard for anyone let alone a ten year old boy, and I cheered for Sean as he tried to help his friend escape both Edgar and his step-father, who are far more evil than they appear. The storyline is fast paced and very well written. It was delightfully scary and really captured the uncertainty and magic that childhood is full of. Reminiscent of something you would have found in Creepshow or Tales From The Crypt. A really good 4 star read.