Say Her Name


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna’s Little Library

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Cruel Summer
Hollow Pike


Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before… A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted ‘Queen of Teen’ author James Dawson.


James Dawson is an incredibly talented writer. I know this for 2 reasons. 1. I’ve read Hollow Pike and Cruel Summer (check my reviews up above!) and 2. I HATE scary/horror stories, but I had to read this, simply because it’s JAMES DAWSON and he is AWESOME.

Say Her Name centres around the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’. Did anyone play that at school? I know that I attempted it with my friends, but never got very far. My sister attempted it too and she was at boarding school… so I imagine her experience reading this book would be very creepy indeed.

Creepy is a good word to sum up James Dawson’s latest offering. The creepiness builds from page to page. I was so scared at points, but just had to carry on, I had to know what was going to happen next. I was gripped. Days later (and probably months later- I’m writing this review whilst it’s fresh in my memory…although I’m not sure I’ll get some of those images out of my mind for a while…) I’m still thinking about the book and checking the mirrors every time I look in one.

I’m always impressed with James’ writing. It’s always easy to read, imaginative and unique. He’s really becoming one of my favourite writers and I will wait with anticipation for whatever comes next!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

13 thoughts on “Say Her Name

  1. Oh, this sounds super creepy! I was always wigged out by that game and was never able to do it. My son is obsessed with horror right now too, so I might snag this up for the both of us!

  2. Ugh, definitely creepy! I’m being drawn to more and more horror books β€” and the fact that I never attempted the whole Bloody Mary thing, just the thought of it scares me β€” I might just add this to my TBR list.

  3. Wow does this sound creepy, I love the whole bloody mary thing, I remember all the girls saying it in the bathrooms at school, the cover is definitely genius, glad you enjoyed this one!

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