The invitation arrived in a black-bordered envelope. Inside, the card showed a coffin with the inscription “Reserved For You”. It was perfectly fitting for an all-night Halloween party on Fear Street. But Terry and his girlfriend Niki wondered why they had been invited. They barely knew Justine Cameron, the beautiful and mysterious transfer student who was throwing the party.
The party was well under way when the lights went out. That’s to be expected at a spooky Halloween party. But when the lights come back on, there was that boy on the floor with the knife in his back. Just a Halloween prank? Maybe. Maybe not.
For Terry and Niki the trick-or-treating has turned to terror. To their horror, they realize that someone at the costume party is dressed to kill!
Beautiful and mysterious, Justine Cameron has managed to get most of the school in a uproar when she passes out nine invitations for an all night party. After receiving two of nine invites, Terry Ryan and Niki Meyer find themselves struggling to figure out the connection between the nine recipients. The difference between them all leads to an all out scare fest between “Team Jock” and “Team Nerd” in the week’s prior to the big night.
When the big night arrives, the teens waste no time pulling out all of the stops. But little do they know it’s Justine who plans to get the last laugh. Things turn deadly and the group finds themselves part of yet another Fear Street horror story.
There are very few clues given prior to the Halloween party and Stine does a decent job keeping you wondering just what is Justine’s motivation behind the party. Everything boils down to the death of her parents nearly thirty years earlier. Driving late one night, their car is struck by a car full of kids who were drag racing. Their death leaves Justine, aka Enid, vengeful and she waits until the opportune time to make amends. Of course, the nine kids invited to her party are the children of the nine teens who were drag racing that night.
The story itself could use a bit more intrigue and I must admit the characters are a bit annoying. Justine and even Niki, come off as “too perfect” and I wish Stine would have had the teams do more elaborate stunts on one another. The story itself is clearly dated. But that’s okay since the book was written over twenty years ago. I’m just surprised that this newer version wasn’t somewhat modernized as The New Girl tried to do so. All in all, it’s an okay Fear Street book.