Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster (♦♦♦)

Adam Lockwood inherits his grandparents’ cottage in the North Yorkshire moors, and convinces his wife Grace to relocate there from London alongside their toddler Millie. However, a week after arriving at the moors, Adam vanishes without a trace leaving Millie on the front porch just after dusk.

Grace leaves the moors after Adam’s disappearance and travels to France with her parents to nurse her wounds, but after a year, she is ready to find answers and goes back to the moors accompanied by her daughter. When Grace arrives, she is welcomed by members of the Blakeney family, whose matriarch has lived in the village since birth. Not without difficulties Grace begins to find clues in the most unexpected places and only when it seems she is on the brink of losing her sanity, she has a daring thought that changes everything.

This is a good ghost story though not a memorable one. The desolate moors contribute to the sinister atmosphere and so does the folklore of the place, but in this book nothing is what it seems and even ghosts can be conjured at will.

Despite not being unforgettable, Beneath the Shadows is compulsively readable and keeps one guessing until the final page. It is very well written and has great character development. The secrets of the Blakeney family are perfect ingredients for a conventional soap opera. After all is said and done, Grace, Ben and Claire are the only morally sound characters in the story, and Millie, but she is a toddler…