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Book Review: Say Her Name

Posted by simdude101 (correspondent) from Cardiff - Published on 29/04/2014 at 12:51
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  • Say Her Name

Say Her Name is the new book from author James Dawson.

The book will be officially released in June 2014 but thanks to the Hay Scribblers tour that was on at Cardiff University on Thursday 27th March 2014, I managed to purchase it early.

The book is based on the urban legend of Bloody Mary, a mystical ghost that is supposedly Queen Mary the First. It is set in a place called Pipers Hall, which is a boarding school for girls. The story starts on Halloween night, where a girl called Sadie tells the true story of Bloody Mary.

Apparently Bloody Mary was actually a girl called Mary Worthington, a Pipers Hall student from the 1950s. She supposedly went to find her sweetheart in the village of Oxsley, and asked to marry him. He supposedly laughed in her face. Because of this, she apparently ran back to Pipers Hall, found a loop of rope and hung herself. The story said that her spirit was trapped in the mirrors at Pipers Hall forever!

Bobbie, her best friend Naya, and a boy called Caine complete the ritual, "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Ma..." and that night, they call forth Mary. Over five days they see her, and each time she's a bit closer and more vivid.

I won't tell you how they see her, because that will ruin the book. Now, I'm not going to be a spoiler and give you the ending so just read the book to find out more. So, would you say her name? Mwhahahahaha... but don't read before going to bed, it'll give you nightmares!

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