Book Review 206 // Halloween: The Official Movie Novelization by John Passarella

The season is upon us! Halloween draws near, pumpkin spice lattes haunt my dreams, and a man in a pale mask seems to be hanging out in the yard between the laundry? It's time for Halloween!

Title: Halloween: The Official Movie Novelization

Author: John Passarella

Blurb: In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended and committed to Smith's Grove State Hospital.

For forty years, memories of that nightmarish ordeal have haunted Laurie and now Myers is back once again on Halloween, having escaped a routine transfer, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. This time, Laurie is prepared with years of survival training to protect herself, her daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson, a teenager, separated from her family and enjoying Halloween festivities.

Want to read:  for the Kindle edition

Format: 376 pages, Kindle.


Firstly the reason I am reading this is that I love movies. They are classic, stalkers, killers, horrors and that is what I enjoy most. I love the idea of the boogie man and being scared of what is around the corner. This book picks up on all this perfectly. It builds tension, dread, horror and action. So it delivered the movie in a written format perfectly.

A big boost to the novel and the true reason to read it is that it goes more in-depth. We get characters' internal voices; we get to read what they think and how they feel when they see him or their victims. We also get an insight into Myers's mind now and gain - which is epic.

John Passarella does a great job of recreating the story and the terror of the event. All the characters are well written, and no page space is wasted. I would love for the story to be longer, but I also understand that it couldn't be. It deserves to be more, but with a limited timeframe, and a known story, much of the surprise or shock is known going in. If I had read this first, I may have ranked it higher, but this is an above-average story.

Happy October everyone!

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