Wasps in the Ice Cream

Raw Dog Screaming Pr. May 2023. 8:04 hrs. ISBN 9798368901190. $14.99. HORROR
It’s 1987, and Mark Prewitt has the whole summer looming ahead of him. His only goals are to avoid his father’s new wife and spend time with his friends. Before he knows it, however, he and his friends have pulled an awful prank on the town pariahs, the Farrow sisters. Mark regrets it immediately, and when he goes to make amends, he is swept up into the Farrows’ mesmerizing world. Mark is especially drawn to George, the middle sister, who dabbles in witchcraft and talks Mark into participating in a séance to contact her dead sister. However, when his friends find out about their blossoming relationship, Mark is ostracized and must choose between the two worlds. McGregor’s (Bad Wolf) latest is a hypnotic and hazy tale of long summer nights with no parents (or cell phones) in sight, conveying the spirit of being young, carefree, and reckless. Dan Lawson narrates Mark, a boy on the cusp of manhood as he learns that actions have consequences.
VERDICT Full of pop-culture references, satanic panic, and nostalgia, this novel is a love letter to times past. Perfect for fans of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides or Robert R. McCammon’s Boy’s Life.
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