Reviews of dark fiction

LET’S GO PLAY AT THE ADAMS’ by Mendal W. Johnson

LET’S GO PLAY AT THE ADAM’S has quite the reputation, so I was excited to finally read it. In some ways, the book lived up to the hype, and in other ways, not so much.

I’m not going to run down the plot because it’s pretty apparent even by just looking at the cover. This book was loosely based on a real case. The young woman’s name was Sylvia Likens, and I know that I’ll never forget her. I’ve read about her in another book: THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jack Ketchum. A book that I forced myself to finish. It was brutal in its descriptions of what happened to her, and I felt like I somehow owed it to her to keep reading until the end. I expected this book to be a kind of rehash of that one, but it wasn’t. I also expected it to be rather trashy, and it wasn’t that either.

LET’S GO PLAY has a different set up but it gets to the meat of the story right off the bat. This was where I began to realize that there was going to be a lot of psychology in this book. Not only in the captive’s head, but in the heads of the children as well. We have kids varying in age from 17 down to 10. We get to peek inside the heads of all of them. I’m no expert, but I read a lot of psychological horror, and the thoughts going through all of these different heads seemed spot on to me. Everyone here acted their ages, and their inner thoughts reflected their later actions.

I have to say LET’S GO PLAY AT THE ADAMS’ surprised me. It was more well written than I thought it would be, and the psychology seemed spot on. The facts remain however, this denouement was the same as in Ketchum’s book, and as in real life. It was a tragedy and these kids were monsters.

Recommended!

Get your copy here: Let’s Go Play at the Adams’

*Thank you to Valancourt Books for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback.*

Let's Go Play at the Adams' Book Cover Let's Go Play at the Adams'
Paperbacks From Hell
Mendal W. Johnson
Horror
Valancourt Books
3.10.2020
Kindle
250

"They're just kids... It's only a game." That's what Barbara, a lovely twenty-year-old babysitter told herself when she awoke bound and gagged. But the knots were tight and painful and the children would not let her go.

"They're just kids .. It's only a game," she told herself again. But the terror was real... and deadly!

In the decades since its original publication, Mendal W. Johnson's bestseller Let's Go Play at the Adams' (1974) has gained a reputation as one of the most harrowing horror novels ever written, and copies have long been unobtainable except at exorbitant prices. This edition reproduces the original paperback cover art and features a new introduction by Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks from Hell), in which details about this cult masterpiece's enigmatic author are revealed for the first time.

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