Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero – A Review

Blyton Summer Fucking Detective Club! Anybody Home?

Edgar Cantero – Meddling Kids

I feel that quote really is perfect for Meddling Kids. To be honest I had zero intention of reading this one. When I looked into it more and others told me how good it was I found myself compelled to get my hands on it. I took my shiny new library card and put it to use by checking this lovely piece of literature out.

There are many things to say about this one and hopefully I can fully convey what I loved about this book. First let’s get some details on it shall we?

Meddling Kids book cover

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Published: July 11th 2017 by Doubleday Books
Genre: Horror

1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

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The first few paragraphs of this book are intense. The author crafted a well written tense start to this book and it drew me in straight away. The use of run-on sentences, while some may consider difficult to read, actually really intrigued me. They made me feel just as uncomfortable as the character that was going through those moments. It isn’t just tense and foreboding. This book will make you laugh and cry. As the main characters come together to figure out what they missed and how to really figure out the case.

The characters are wonderful and easy to fall in love with. I wanted them to make it through every step of the way. Andy, Nate, Kerrie are all that’s left of the Blyton Summer Detective Club. Andy was I think the most interesting character of the bunch, she didn’t pull any punches. I liked her from the moment she stepped foot onto the page. Kerrie was smart and sweet which I think really balanced things out but Nate was interesting to me too. I even enjoyed the bits of Peter we get to see and Tim the dog is just adorable.

Meddling Kids - Kindle Pic
Meddling Kids – Edgar Cantero – Kindle

What I think I really liked was that we are subtly brought into the world of HP Lovecraft. These young adults try and figure out why their lives took the turns that they did. From Arkham to the monsters themselves. It is done superbly for me, the action feeling just as jarring and scary as it would be to the characters. I needed to see them make it in the end. What I thought was really interesting though was that it seemed as thought part of the dialogue as a script that one of them was writing as we experience the story.

The pacing was perfect, things progressed slowly at first but soon everything was happening at a speed that I felt it needed to really show the emotions and danger that it needed to. I enjoyed the ending of the book and all the pieces that fell into place to explain everything worked really well for me.

Overall I really loved Meddling Kids. I can’t say much in the negative though I will admit that there is a bit surrounding the ‘bad guy’ towards the end that I found boring. Not because it wasn’t written well but because I just wasn’t interested it those moments at all. I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy horror especially cosmic horror. It’s funny, exciting, sad and intense. Read it!

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