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Swim. Sunbathe. Die. The sun is hot. The water's cold. And the kids are cool. Too cool to live. Because a killer is stalking them, one by one. A killer who never leaves a clue. Who disappears as completely as a footprint in the sand. A killer who has found a very special place in the sun for some very special sun...


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Swim. Sunbathe. Die. The sun is hot. The water's cold. And the kids are cool. Too cool to live. Because a killer is stalking them, one by one. A killer who never leaves a clue. Who disappears as completely as a footprint in the sand. A killer who has found a very special place in the sun for some very special sun...

30 review for Beach House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    You know your reading a nostalgic 90’s book when one of the characters is compared to Vanilla Ice! I had so many Point Horror’s as a teen, that I’m not entirely sure what ones I’ve read before. It’s nice to revisit and add reviews to them all! Stine lead me to this range having enjoyed the Goosebumps books as a kid. The story is told over two time frames in both the 1950’s and 1990’s, it was such an interesting concept that hasn’t really been done in Point Horror before. I liked how the two time pe You know your reading a nostalgic 90’s book when one of the characters is compared to Vanilla Ice! I had so many Point Horror’s as a teen, that I’m not entirely sure what ones I’ve read before. It’s nice to revisit and add reviews to them all! Stine lead me to this range having enjoyed the Goosebumps books as a kid. The story is told over two time frames in both the 1950’s and 1990’s, it was such an interesting concept that hasn’t really been done in Point Horror before. I liked how the two time periods connect together, but it felt it was more like something he would write for the Fear Street series... I’ve been a little disappointed with Stine’s Point Horror output on a revisit, but I’m still glad that he lead me to this series in the first place.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amara Tanith

    R.L. Stine YA books disturb me. No, not for the reason you’re thinking. They’re not “scary”. At best, they’re mildly entertaining. At worst, they’re ludicrously moronic. I find a significant number of R.L. Stine books disturbing because half of his teenage female protagonists are in obviously abusive relationships. I don’t know. Maybe it’s an eighties thing. But it seems like at least half his books, including this one, feature a main female character, high-school age, who is in a steady relation R.L. Stine YA books disturb me. No, not for the reason you’re thinking. They’re not “scary”. At best, they’re mildly entertaining. At worst, they’re ludicrously moronic. I find a significant number of R.L. Stine books disturbing because half of his teenage female protagonists are in obviously abusive relationships. I don’t know. Maybe it’s an eighties thing. But it seems like at least half his books, including this one, feature a main female character, high-school age, who is in a steady relationship with a boy she is terrified of. The girls specifically state being frightened by their boyfriends’ raging tempers, possessive jealousy, threats and displays of violence. And then, almost invariably, the next sentence will say that it makes them feel special. Huh? Your abusive piece of shit boyfriend makes you feel special when he screams at the top of his lungs, breaks your things, and threatens you because you spoke to another male? You need your heads examined, R.L. Stine protagonists. Does R.L. Stine land have no healthy egos? No healthy relationships? No therapists? No parents who care if their daughter's abused? Nothing? Wow. I feel horrible for you, fictional late eighties/early nineties women. Like whoa. For added fun, he doesn’t seem to know how sharks work. Buddy and Maria swim within a few feet of a recently-moved-in school of sharks, and the sharks show no interest in their presence. “They won’t attack until they smell blood,” Buddy explains. lolwut? No. Just no. First of all, most shark species don’t live in schools, and none of the three most dangerous species do. Tiger sharks, perhaps the most dangerous (being considered the “garbage cans” of the sea) feed in schools, however, so I suppose I’ll ignore the fact Beach House implies that an entire school of man-eating sharks moves to a beach with heavy human traffic just for lulz. I’ll just assume an entire ecosystem of fish spawned off this beach a few days prior to the story, which is the only explanation I can think of for a ton of sharks deciding to show up and stick around. But even that’s a minor problem when we get to, “They won’t attack until they smell blood.” What universe do you live in? Most shark attacks on humans aren’t about food/hunting/blood. They’re the result of a torpedo with fangs spotting a weird, gangly, too-scrawny-to-make-a-good-meal animal--one it may or may not ever have seen before--thrashing around like a dying fish. And, well, here’s the thing… sharks don’t have hands. They can’t grab your ankle and go, “Hey, what are you?” They grab you with their teeth and go, “Mind if I find out if you’re yummy?” It’s just too bad that by the time they’ve realized you’re not yummy, whatever limb they grabbed is probably mangled, severed, or swallowed. So, yeah. (view spoiler)[These two idiot teenagers swim out into the middle of the ocean right on top of a school of apparent man-eaters, and not a single shark takes an exploratory bite. These two morons are pretty damn lucky already. And then Buddy pulls out his knife. “They won’t attack until they smell blood,” happens, and he enacts his brilliant plan to murder the girl who bullied him: slash her to bits atop a school of sharks. I assume he then calmly swam out of the cloud of blood and ravenous frenzy it apparently spawned while the sharks conveniently devoured only the already-dying girl while leaving him completely alone? You guys might just be the weirdest sharks ever. (hide spoiler)] But I suppose I have to be fair. This had the typical R.L. Stine YA bullshit with some extra time-travel bullshit just for flavor, but it wasn’t horrible. I seem to recall enjoying it when I read it in middle school, so I suppose it’s fair to say that middle- or elementary-school children might have fun with this one. Posted June 2012. Edited for minor typos 6/30/15.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wart Hill

    3.5 stars rounded up for nostalgia. I first read this I think some time in middle school. It's stuck with me and recently I decided to try and find that book about a creepy beach house murder dude. Really that's about all I could remember. That and something involving sharks. This seemed most likely, and the cover looked about like what I remembered, so I gave it a shot and lo and behold it was exactly the one I was looking for! It wasn't as scary as I remember, but that's probably because I'm old 3.5 stars rounded up for nostalgia. I first read this I think some time in middle school. It's stuck with me and recently I decided to try and find that book about a creepy beach house murder dude. Really that's about all I could remember. That and something involving sharks. This seemed most likely, and the cover looked about like what I remembered, so I gave it a shot and lo and behold it was exactly the one I was looking for! It wasn't as scary as I remember, but that's probably because I'm older now. It was definitely as fascinating, though, and kept me reading. Good old R.L. Stine. I think he'll always be on my favorite author list - partially for nostalgia but mostly because he knows how to tell a captivating story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Words fucking fail me, they really do. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Words fucking fail me, they really do. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paula Brandon

    One of my favourite Point Horrors, and one of my favourite R.L. Stine books! Sure, the plot twist that reveals the connection between the 50s and 90s is totally arbitrary and off-the-wall, but it doesn't stop the book being a hoot! There were actual deaths in this book, many of them quite mean-spirited. It made my young eyes widen in surprise and a little bit of glee! The 50s segment is definitely the most fun and suspenseful. Ashley in the present and her borderline abusive boyfriend were not s One of my favourite Point Horrors, and one of my favourite R.L. Stine books! Sure, the plot twist that reveals the connection between the 50s and 90s is totally arbitrary and off-the-wall, but it doesn't stop the book being a hoot! There were actual deaths in this book, many of them quite mean-spirited. It made my young eyes widen in surprise and a little bit of glee! The 50s segment is definitely the most fun and suspenseful. Ashley in the present and her borderline abusive boyfriend were not so interesting!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    Disappointingly, Ross was not the murderer. But, I did get time travel. For some reason. I mean, when the book was sectioned into 1956 and "this summer" (which I assure you is not the summer of 2019), I was kinda thinking that it would be kept in those time frames. But no. There's time travel. None of the main characters go through time travel, but it happens. (view spoiler)[Well I guess Lucy and Kip and Maria did, but Lucy and Kip were never particularly important to the story in the first plac Disappointingly, Ross was not the murderer. But, I did get time travel. For some reason. I mean, when the book was sectioned into 1956 and "this summer" (which I assure you is not the summer of 2019), I was kinda thinking that it would be kept in those time frames. But no. There's time travel. None of the main characters go through time travel, but it happens. (view spoiler)[Well I guess Lucy and Kip and Maria did, but Lucy and Kip were never particularly important to the story in the first place so no loss there. (hide spoiler)] I would complain that it's formulaic, with the set-up being around 4 teens that are more or less hip and with it going to a place that isn't really close to their homes. At least two of the people are in a relationship, either with someone that is mentioned once and never again, or with someone in the group. If it's the former, then the relationship might be pretty good, and there's a chance that the person could be 1) the murderer and/or the main antagonist of the story, 2) the person that saves them all, or 3) generally isn't there for the entire story. But if it's the latter, then it's probably a bad relationship, full of toxic bad stuff because PSAs are boring but "super thriller"s definitely aren't. I guess it has to be formulaic with how many of these there are. But I just really wish Ross was the murderer, even though there wasn't anything pointing toward it. He's just such a raging asshole, jealous, overly-possessive, toxic. Just bad. And then when Ashley breaks up with him, he fuckin stalks her on her dates with Brad! Who cares if it might have ended up okay? (view spoiler)[Ross ended up following Ashley and Brad into The Beach House and Brad turns out to be Buddy from 1956 and the weird stiff maid from before was actually Maria who went and fuckin exploded the house but Ross was there to call 911 whatta man. (hide spoiler)] I still fiercely despise him. Fuck you Ross. Also I thought the book was gonna talk more about Denny, who definitely isn't okay, or how Ronnie died. That wasn't even touched on. It was like a "by-the-way" thing, so it's a very real possibility that Buddy/Brad just made it up. I mean with that train of thought it's also possible that Brud/Baddy just made up that tragic story about his younger brother Johnny. We'll never know how much truth Bruddy/Bad was telling. And honestly I'm completely fine with that.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erica Metcalf

    This was an R.L. Stine book that I don't think I had read back in the 90's. When I saw a copy at Goodwill, I had to snag it. But wow was this one outdated... In part one, I immediately couldn’t stand the main characters and their relationships with one another. Luckily the story took a dark turn on page 29. But that didn't last long... In part two, we were right back where we started with the cringe-worthy teen relationships. Hard pass.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Da-jo'el

    Have you ever was teased and felt like you needed to do something? Well this boy name Buddy did somehting cruel. Something so cruel you couldnt imagine. Bully have you ever hurt someone in a way that they might get even with you. You might say no but berfor you say that let me tell you this story about Beach House and you should probaly think before you hurt someone in any type of way. It was the nicest day of the summer. Maria and her friend Amy was relaxed when they heard a cry gor help. Mar Have you ever was teased and felt like you needed to do something? Well this boy name Buddy did somehting cruel. Something so cruel you couldnt imagine. Bully have you ever hurt someone in a way that they might get even with you. You might say no but berfor you say that let me tell you this story about Beach House and you should probaly think before you hurt someone in any type of way. It was the nicest day of the summer. Maria and her friend Amy was relaxed when they heard a cry gor help. Maria got off of her towel and ran to were help was needed and saw her friend Buddy. Stuart and Ronnie were laughing at him. The reason why they were laughing was they took Buddy swimming trunks and he was scearming for help telling them to give him his swimming trunks. They did and threw it in the salty sea water it dissaperd in the water and he had to wait to night time to even come back to the shore. He wentto the beach house and the next day was payback.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book sets in two different settings- in 1956 and in 1996 and in perspectives of teenagers in 1956 and the present. Each story or chapter talks about the characters experiences. But each character leads to one death, one by one, being stalked to the beach house. And one by one, no one ever comes out of the beach house. In the present, these 4 teenagers, Lucy, kip, Ashely, and Ross hangs out in the beach. When one day, they noticed this beach house that no ones lives there, but when a guy com This book sets in two different settings- in 1956 and in 1996 and in perspectives of teenagers in 1956 and the present. Each story or chapter talks about the characters experiences. But each character leads to one death, one by one, being stalked to the beach house. And one by one, no one ever comes out of the beach house. In the present, these 4 teenagers, Lucy, kip, Ashely, and Ross hangs out in the beach. When one day, they noticed this beach house that no ones lives there, but when a guy comes mysterious claims that he lived in that house, Ashley and her friends starts to wonder who is that boy. When didn't go on that date with the boy, the boy becomes different. The way he smiles, walks, and talk starts to become different, especially when one by one of Ashley friends starts to disappear. this book was very good. it kept me going and i finished it one day....the ending of this book will leave you to become speechless.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    This has been one of my favorite of the revisited R.L. Stine books. I had to laugh because the good looking guys were described as looking like Vanilla Ice! People on the beach were wearing hammer pants. I love it! The plot was basic but was better than most of the Fear Street stuff. There are two story lines in different times that converge at the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Suchon

    I would probably give any RL Stine book a 5 star rating because of the nostalgic memories it brings back. Are the books a bit cheesy and ridiculous? Yes. But so are the TV shows Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow, and X-Files and I still thoroughly enjoy those! These are fun, easy reads not meant to be taken too seriously! And I enjoy them. :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, this one was pretty good! The twist at the end was actually great. So if you go and read my review of the Fear Street book New Year's Party (Super Chiller), you will see it's similar to this one. It takes place in two time periods, and this one does too. Beach House takes place in 1956 and "this summer," which meant 1990-whatever back then. It's hilarious how dated the references are. Matt Dillon, MTV, Vanilla Ice, Coke towel... the list goes on. I love the 90s, though, so I'm not complain Well, this one was pretty good! The twist at the end was actually great. So if you go and read my review of the Fear Street book New Year's Party (Super Chiller), you will see it's similar to this one. It takes place in two time periods, and this one does too. Beach House takes place in 1956 and "this summer," which meant 1990-whatever back then. It's hilarious how dated the references are. Matt Dillon, MTV, Vanilla Ice, Coke towel... the list goes on. I love the 90s, though, so I'm not complaining. Okay, so, I know you only came here for the deaths, so I won't delay! Let me see if I can remember all the characters in both time periods. Well, the relevant ones. In 1956 we have Maria, Amy, Buddy, Stuart... I think that's it. In the 90s we have Ashley, Brad, Ross, Kip, and Lucy. You can see some parallels in the names. The killer in 1956 is not a mystery. We find out right away that it's Buddy, because he LOVES killing, and he tells the reader that. "It's so easy," he says. What happens is Buddy gets caught in the ocean one day, and Stuart and a friend (don't remember his name) steal his swim trunks. Maria and Amy laugh at him. Buddy takes his anger at this to the extreme. He decides his "friends" need to PAY. First is Maria. Buddy lures her out in the water in the middle of the night. He's a strong swimmer, but she isn't. He swims with her very far out, and then he takes a knife and cuts her to lure the sharks that are nearby. Buddy swims back and leaves her for the sharks. A few days later Amy finds Stuart dead on the beach with his head bashed in from a tree trunk (how Buddy managed that one on his own, we may never know). Finally, there's Amy. She almost makes it... but Buddy traps her in the Beach House one day. There is a secret to it that Amy never gets to find out. What she does find out is that she's about to drown soon, because Buddy hits her over the head with a shovel and ties her under the Beach House to drown (it's raised on stilts, so the ocean's tide comes up under the house). Back in the 90s, there isn't a killer... yet. But there is a mysterious, handsome guy named Brad. He has a thing for Ashley, which is a problem for Ross, her current boyfriend. They are all out in Dunehampton (where the book is set) for the summer. They discover the beach house one day as Ross and Ashley use it to make out. Turns out Kip and Lucy have the same idea. But one day Kip and Lucy go missing. Ashley finds her scarf in the closet of the beach house and is thoroughly freaked. Meanwhile, Brad hosts a soiree in his incredible mansion and Ross grows more and more jealous of the time Brad is spending with her. Ashley, as an independent 90s woman, is having none of it. She breaks up with Ross - for good, she says. She and Brad continue to go out while Ross spies on them from afar. Then one night Brad wants to show her a "secret" in the beach house. But first, on the steps of the beach house, he launches into a speech about his family history and why he is so rich. He talks about his brother, Johnny, and how he always loved to explore houses. Brad wanted to be just like Johnny, so he went exploring too. And he explored the Beach House. He wants to show it to Ashley. She's a little perplexed, because she's already been there, but Brad leads her inside into the closet of a bedroom. Well, he forces her in, because she protests the whole way. As soon as they are in the closet a mysterious orange and yellow light flashes in front of Ashley's face. It turns out it's Mary, the maid of Brad's family. But something's wrong, because Mary is calling Brad Buddy. This part wasn't surprising since I had read New Year's Party recently. Ashley demands an explanation, and the truth comes out. Mary is - no shocker - Maria from 1956. Honestly, the most shocking thing is how she survived that shark attack. She tells Ashley that Brad is really named Buddy and in 1956 he killed (or thought he killed) her and her friends one by one. Apparently Maria was rescued by some fishermen, but her skin took years to heal. She pulls off her maid uniform to reveal the ugly purple and yellow scars on her chest. (Stine mentions her BRA- scandalous!). Then the twist comes - the secret of the Beach House is that a time travel tunnel exists in the closet they are standing in!! That's how Buddy literally got away with murder. He traveled to the 90s and became rich Brad. Maria finally figured out his secret one day, and she, too, came to the 90s to seek her revenge. This time she refuses to let Brad leave the closet. She wants him to go back to 1956 and face up to what he's done. Obviously there's no way Brad/Buddy is going to do that, but luckily Maria came prepared this time. She has doused the house in gasoline, and she is carrying a torch (very convenient). She lights Buddy on fire and then lights the house on fire, right at the time Ashley realizes she may die too. Luckily, the beach house explosion just sends her flying onto the deck but otherwise unharmed. Of course creeper Ross is there waiting for her. Methinks Ross and Ashley still need to work out his stage-five clinger issues. And now Ashley has a burning hatred for oldies music. But otherwise, all's well that ends well! (Unless you are Buddy, Maria, Kip, Lucy, Amy, or Stuart).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Precia

    This book is really old and frankly still has an old scare attached to it! I had goosebumps and it felt so creepy reading this book in the dark! Gosh, if your looking for a great scary book, these are one of them!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chandra

    Who do you root for when the heroes are utter pricks and the villain is a whiny bitch? No one. The answer is, you root for no one. You just hope that the book will be over as soon as possible.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Felicity

    this book is crazy ! it was soo fun to read ! this is not one of the books that you will forget all about and even forget wat page your on ... you will always remember what page your on 1

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    Jumping between two time lines this shows the master at work. Weird twist towards the end took away most of the scare but very glad I didn't remember it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I only got this app today how do u read the book

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book There are a couple of parts to this book that alternate between the summer of 1956 and the summer in the present (which I’m assuming is in 1992 because that’s when this book is published. Lol), each with their own set of characters. And these two different groups of friends in these two different decades are connected by a beach house... and murder. In 1956 we have this group of friends who are joined by Buddy who is basically a tourist vacationing in this beach tow Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book There are a couple of parts to this book that alternate between the summer of 1956 and the summer in the present (which I’m assuming is in 1992 because that’s when this book is published. Lol), each with their own set of characters. And these two different groups of friends in these two different decades are connected by a beach house... and murder. In 1956 we have this group of friends who are joined by Buddy who is basically a tourist vacationing in this beach town. Initially I felt really bad for Buddy ‘cause he just wanted to make friends and hang out, but these awful kids just picked on him. One girl, Maria, seemed to actually be pretty decent, and he was interested in her! But boy did that last like one second. It turns out peer pressure is greater than your own moral compass. (view spoiler)[Maria initially defended Buddy from her awful friends, even agreeing to go out with him. But in one instance, the “friends” start picking on Buddy—they steal his swimming shorts and leave him stark naked in the ocean. Maria is telling her friends that it’s not funny and to help him, but her friends quickly change her mind—she does a complete 180 and just abandons him without a second thought. Then she cancels her date with him and totally blows him off. This after she tells the other guy no, that she has a date with Buddy, but the other guy, again, convinces her that hanging out with him is more fun. And just like that, she abandons him again. Fuck you Maria, you goddamn pushover. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, the point is she turned out to be a bitch as well when Buddy didn’t deserve it. Not at first, anyway... (view spoiler)[Even though I did feel bad for him, he went completely off the deep end, going as far as killing Maria and her friends! Look, I get it, they are awful people, but this is a bit extreme. Just stop hanging out with these guys! Why did he want to in the first place, when they were being so mean to him? And yeah, Maria was part of that in the end and hurt his feelings, but holy shit, dude, get over it! You didn’t have to go and murder her! Just find new friends! (hide spoiler)] And then, in the present, we have another group of friends who could also be better people. Our main girl Ashley? I hated her! So she has a boyfriend Ross, but... She liked to flirt with guys. It was fun Harmless fun. Why couldn’t Ross just lighten up? She was particularly into the new guy Brad, and she showed her attraction for him... right in front of her boyfriend! She is practically rubbing it in Ross’s face and then she gets all offended when he gets jealous. Girl, stop! You can’t really blame the poor guy when he’s got a pretty good reason for being mad! Ugh! Anyway, I didn’t really care for any of the characters—most of them were awful! But it did have a pretty cool plot twist I enjoyed! How these two sets of characters in different times are connected... wow! I was really not expecting it! (view spoiler)[The first plot twists I actually figured out pretty much right away. To me it was just so obvious that Buddy = Brad. However, I was not sure how things were connected since they’re decades apart. It turns out it’s time travel! OMG! There is a beach house, that for some reason, has a closet where you can time travel to 1956. Well, Brad figured this out and traveled back as Buddy, killed everyone that were awful to him, then came back to the present to proceed and pretty much do the same thing to his “friends” in the present. That was pretty interesting. I also liked how Maria didn’t actually die in the shark attack, but somehow made her way to the present and became Buddy’s/Brad’s maid in the present to get her revenge! Cool! (hide spoiler)] Overall, it was an okay read. I didn’t care for the characters, but the mystery spanning decades was interesting and the plot twists were pretty cool! I can always count on R.L. Stine to deliver a plot twist that will surprise me!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Motherbooker

    From my review at motherbookerblog.com: "I’ll be honest, my recollections of this book basically just focused on the shark attack so I was surprised by the additional time period. In fact, everything but the beginning and the ending were a complete mystery to me upon rereading… which is probably a good thing. It meant I was perpetually confused by the plot instead of just waiting for stuff to happen anyway. Although, it’s hardly the most complicated plot to follow. Or the scariest. The fact that From my review at motherbookerblog.com: "I’ll be honest, my recollections of this book basically just focused on the shark attack so I was surprised by the additional time period. In fact, everything but the beginning and the ending were a complete mystery to me upon rereading… which is probably a good thing. It meant I was perpetually confused by the plot instead of just waiting for stuff to happen anyway. Although, it’s hardly the most complicated plot to follow. Or the scariest. The fact that I remembered it as the pinnacle of my adolescent brush with horror is a sorry state of affairs. I was even more pathetic than I let myself remember. What I can say now, as an adult 30 year old, is that this book is so worrying for so many reasons. I know fiction has moved on since the 90s but the fact that we were able and, in most cases, encouraged to read these books is something to be ashamed of. For a start, the way that Stine approaches gender is just bad. As I’ve already made plain, the guy’s obsession with a skinny blonde’s tiny bikini’s is uncomfortable but, on top of that, non of his female characters are presented in a positive way. In fact, all of them are awful. The girl of the infamous shark attack is killed because she dares to go on a date with another man. The dirty whore. Now I’m not suggesting that Stine is trying to say promiscuous teenagers deserve to be eaten by deadly fish but he doesn’t exactly portray her as innocent. Then there’s the fact that one of the main female characters is in a “loving” relationship with a guy who is so jealous and potentially violent that she’s scared of him. It’s all so wrong. Quite frankly, all of these characters are terrible in their own way and, quite frankly, I’d have supported all of them being killed horribly. I’m not sure what teenagers did to Stine during his life but he certainly was more than happy to kill them off in horrible ways in his books. Horrible and utterly preposterous ways. I mean I’m all for stupid plot twists but this one was just so random. It doesn’t work with the rest of the story and is just insane. It kind of feels like Stine had one two separate ideas that were both too short for a full book so found the flimsiest possible premise to stick them together. However, as a nostalgic read, Beach House was a bit of fun. The 1950s storyline is far more engrossing than the modern day one and it far less troublesome. But it’s a stupid 90s YA horror film. And It was nice to finally get some fucking closure. It’s just a shame realising the book I’ve been getting wistful about was such a stinker."

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arkham Reviews

    This is certainly the strangest Point Horror story that I have read so far and, really, I'm not even sure where to begin. The idea of splitting the story between events that happened in the 1950s and present day was an interesting one, but it really stretched the plot out too far. There isn't really anything that connects these two murder sprees until the climax, and even then the only real connection is the identity of the killer. While the split plot gives this novel a very fast pace, it unfort This is certainly the strangest Point Horror story that I have read so far and, really, I'm not even sure where to begin. The idea of splitting the story between events that happened in the 1950s and present day was an interesting one, but it really stretched the plot out too far. There isn't really anything that connects these two murder sprees until the climax, and even then the only real connection is the identity of the killer. While the split plot gives this novel a very fast pace, it unfortunately removed all tension. Virtually all of the deaths occur off-page and those in the present did not seem to have much rhyme or reason. Yet, it was the twist that really put me off this story. While I was curious to find out what was going on - and why the beach house was so significant - the sudden science fiction sting in the tail was just a bit too out there. There were no hints of this in the story, and it felt more like the twist belonged in a Goosebumps book rather than a Point Horror. Yet my biggest issue with the story was the characters. R.L. Stine still seems to have a real issue with characterising teen protagonists. The villain (once again) was just portrayed as being an insane sociopath, while the female characters seem to be perpetually trapped in abusive relationships. This novel even seemed to suggest this was a good thing - as Ashley managed to escape her relationship only to go running back into her abuser's arms at the end of the novel! All in all, this wasn't the worst Point Horror but it's not really one that I'd recommend either. Here's hoping that the next instalment is stronger.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Mitchell

    When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be a little more lighthearted, as of course most of us have heard of Goosebumps. But I was mistaken, it was a super weird turn when in like the 30 first pages, someone gets murdered. I’m not going to say a lot, but this book had many weird turns. I was confused for a while as the story goes back in forth from the 50s to present without any explanation. The Beach House is of this creepy house that nobody has ever really lived in, its ju When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be a little more lighthearted, as of course most of us have heard of Goosebumps. But I was mistaken, it was a super weird turn when in like the 30 first pages, someone gets murdered. I’m not going to say a lot, but this book had many weird turns. I was confused for a while as the story goes back in forth from the 50s to present without any explanation. The Beach House is of this creepy house that nobody has ever really lived in, its just always been there. The Beach House has some mysterious-ness around it. It has always been avoided, but of course the teenagers in this book just love to explore it. And I won’t say much, but when I stated earlier that someone was murdered, you got like a 50/50 chance that it was indeed those teenagers. I was never really bored in this book, maybe just cause I really wanted to see what was gonna happen next, obviously. Trying to be super vague, as to not spoil anything, but it might be obvious that the 50s to the present timeline skip may have something to do with the beach house. If you like being confused, I’d pick up this book. I even liked R.L. Stine so much I picked up another one of his books, Hit and Run, which I’m also almost done, and the book was also good, just in case anyone else wants to follow up with this the Beach House. Only thing I have to warn y’all about is the ending is mind-boggling, little confusing, seemed a little rushed, but was still good.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Risely

    Beach House was just the book I needed to get out of my reading funky. Since the beginning of this year I haven't been able to finish one book. I've been constantly book hopping. Then one day I decided to cleaning out my room, and that's when I found Beach House and remember reading it in Middle School but never finishing it (I guess I have always been a book hopper). However, I remember being so intrigued by the book when I was younger, so I gave it another chance. Yeah of course it wasn't the Beach House was just the book I needed to get out of my reading funky. Since the beginning of this year I haven't been able to finish one book. I've been constantly book hopping. Then one day I decided to cleaning out my room, and that's when I found Beach House and remember reading it in Middle School but never finishing it (I guess I have always been a book hopper). However, I remember being so intrigued by the book when I was younger, so I gave it another chance. Yeah of course it wasn't the most in-depth detailed book, but it was simple and that what I love about it. A psycho named Buddy getting revenge on his asshole friends. I mean the ending is worthy for analyzation, because that when the readers find out why Buddy felt so hurt when his friends bullied him. I may be bias because I LOVE Goosebumps!!!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Peyton

    Ok. I got this book as part of a bind up of Beach House and Beach Party, and this was an odd one for Stine, who up to this point, was known best for his murder mystery Point Horror thrillers. This novel did have the element of a murder mystery, but also had the extra umph of time traveling, I believe the novel switched between present day (1991) and the late 1950's or early 60's (either way, I do recall during a flashback scene, the main girls were scandalized by a bikini clad chick). The tale b Ok. I got this book as part of a bind up of Beach House and Beach Party, and this was an odd one for Stine, who up to this point, was known best for his murder mystery Point Horror thrillers. This novel did have the element of a murder mystery, but also had the extra umph of time traveling, I believe the novel switched between present day (1991) and the late 1950's or early 60's (either way, I do recall during a flashback scene, the main girls were scandalized by a bikini clad chick). The tale became way to convoluted; I would mix up who was supposed to be in what time, but I did appreciate the Easter eggs to hold onto when we flashed forward like a "wink, wink, this is happening again" thing. It is, oddly enough, the perfect beach read: mind candy at its finest.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book has two plots, one that takes place the Summer of 1956 and one “This Summer.” In 1956 the story revolves around Maria, Amy, Stuart, Ronnie, and Buddy. Buddy lives in the mysterious house on the beach. One by one Buddy kills the others after they humiliated him. In “This Summer” the story revolves around Ross, Ashley, Lucy, Kip, and Brad. First Lucy and Kip go missing, then Brad takes Ashley to show her something in the beach house. I really enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting This book has two plots, one that takes place the Summer of 1956 and one “This Summer.” In 1956 the story revolves around Maria, Amy, Stuart, Ronnie, and Buddy. Buddy lives in the mysterious house on the beach. One by one Buddy kills the others after they humiliated him. In “This Summer” the story revolves around Ross, Ashley, Lucy, Kip, and Brad. First Lucy and Kip go missing, then Brad takes Ashley to show her something in the beach house. I really enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting it down. I loved that there were really two stories in one. I didn’t see the end coming, a great read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    My journey through rereading my Point Horror collection continues. This one is about two lots of high school teen disappearances, one in 1956 and one in present day. It was ok, I thought the ending could have been better. I've noticed in these books that many of the characters in these books have weird personal habits, always whistling or clicking their fingers, or playing mean 'jokes' on people. All I could think was how annoying it would be in real life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Videogamergirl93

    [2.5] I didn't like most of when it took place in the present [well 1992] because I just didn't like the toxic relationship between Ross and Ashley. I liked some parts of the 1956 storyline. The ending was my favorite part [and not just cause the book ended]. I was tempted to DNF it a few times but I wanted to finish it since it was a really short book anyway. I have absolutely no desire to read this again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kara Rutledge

    I read Beach House by R.L. Stine in high school originally. I remember thinking it was such a grown up YA novel at the time and absolutely loving it. Fast forward to the present day. While in Goodwill, I found a copy of it and bought it. I decided to read it last night for shits and giggles. I vaguely remembered part of the premise of the book while reading it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rabia Khan

    The nostalgia with this one is overwhelming. R.L. Stine was my whole childhood and reading this gem as an adult took me back. The descriptions such as ‘Matt Dillon’ and ‘Vanilla I’ve’ painted a vivid picture of what the characters looked like as well. Job really well done! Now I’m going to have to visit my parent’s attic and dig out my other R. L. Stine books!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A quick, fun read. R.L. Stine asks too many questions and leaves unanswered questions, only to answer them in the next chapter (must be from writing all those "you choose" books). The ending was a little too pat, but still a nice, light horror book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This is an entertaining short read with a plot twist that I would never have guessed in a million years!! Would recommend for a fun little timewaster. One of the best Point Horror books in my collection.

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