Series: Goosebumps, #10
on August 1993
"How Come I've Never Seen You Before?"Hannah's neighborhood has just gotten a little-weird. Ever since that new boy moved in next door.
But when did he move in? Wasn't the house empty when Hannah went to sleep the night before? Why does it still look so deserted? She's not getting any answers from her new neighbor. He just keeps disappearing in the oddest ways. And he's so pale....
Is Hannah being haunted by......the ghost next door???
Reader beware-you're in for a scare!
The Ghost Next Door by R.L. Stine was one of my favorites in the Goosebumps series growing up. I think that it centered around a seemingly normal girl appealed to me, and I remember the plot-twist ending caught me off guard.
Listening to The Ghost Next Door as an adult it was no longer relatable and I was left with a girl with an annoying younger brother. I did like the pacing of the novel and the dialogue between the between the characters.
Speaking of the audio, I thought Emily Eiden did a fine job with the narration. Considering this book was only three hours, I felt she succeeded in bringing the reader into the story.
However, this time around the ending only reminded me of the last episode of Lost. *spoiler alert* everyone is dead. It was clever and well-played out, but it didn’t hold the same awe it did as an eleven-year-old.
Overall, I felt The Ghost Next Door was a good young adult novel and was wonderful to look back on, but I don’t think it is a plot that would translate to adults otherwise.