This is the baby brother of horror novels.
Darren's life becomes a nightmare after he and his friend sneak out to watch a freak show. Shan's writing is graphic but sub-par. There is quite a bit of bloodshed, but I found it predictable and weak. In fact, everything in this story is either predictable or entirely disconnected from the way the plot was progressing. Some readers might find the imagery frightening, but for most of us, it will be a much needed break from the mind-numbing mediocrity of the rest of the novel. The characters are static and unbelievable and not worth rooting for. It was readable. Barely.
If you like horror, go ahead and try this out, but I wouldn't invest much hope in it.
Estimated Reading Level: 5th grade