Scritch Scratch | A Review

Hey everyone! I hope you are well. Today I’ll be reviewing Stritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie. I must say, this one scared me quite a bit. Yes, yes, I’m a scaredy cat. We’ve established that by now. 😆 Anyways, I hope you enjoy!

Scritch Scratch: Currie, Lindsay: 0760789294242: Books -

(Synopsis from goodreads)

Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She’s a scientist, which is why she can’t think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she’s made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There’s something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour…he’s gone.
Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad’s ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts. Voices whisper to her in the dark. The number 396 appears everywhere she turns. And the boy with the dark eyes starts following her.
Claire is being haunted. The boy from the bus wants something…and Claire needs to find out what before it’s too late. 

Deliciously eerie and mysterious, Lindsay Currie brings us a story all thriller fans will adore! The plot hooked me right from the beginning, and kept my attention till the end! Scritch Scratch is fast-paced and gripping, so it’s definitely the perfect read to get out of a slump.

Furthermore, the characters were not that interesting. Although I respect the author’s ability to create semi-realistic kids without throwing in a gazillion references, I did not feel any connection to the characters. None of them were annoying per se, they were just lacking in development. Fortunately, the main character’s parents were very well developed. They each had their own unique personalities. The MC’s dad is a ghost story author, and runs his own spooky tour bus company. While their mom runs a baking business. How cool is that?!

“Love Ms. Mancini. She’s the only teacher I have who wouldn’t shame a student for falling asleep in class. I think she remembers what it was like to be in seventh grade and that’s what makes her so good at her job.”
― Lindsay Currie, Scritch Scratch

In addition, the dialogue fell short on personality. Most of it was trope-y, and uneventful. However, it’s the writing that really grabbed me.

Man oh man does Lindsay Currie know how to write a chilling story! I was very frightened, yet so intrigued throughout the book. What I found interesting, was that the writing was not very descriptive. This fascinated me as typically thrillers are quite descriptive. Luckily, this didn’t have a negative affect.

The overall enjoyment level of Scritch Scratch is very high. If you’re looking for a thrilling story with a wonderful message about friendship, and never forgetting those who came before us, then this is definitely the novel for you!

Age Rating: 10 and up

TW: Some scenes might scare younger children, lots of talk of a drowning accident, talk of abandonment

Final Rating: 7.5/10 or 3.75 stars


What’s your favorite thriller? I’d love to know. Have a lovely day, and thank you for reading!

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  1. Rachel says:

    Haha I am such a scaredy cat too (and I am currently listening to a middle grade horror called Small Spaces, help!) I have been meaning to get to Scritch Scratch, and I found your review incredibly useful!

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    1. Thank you Rachel, that makes me so happy to hear! And lol same!! Even middle grade scares me 😆 I’ll definitely check out Small Spaces too. 🙂

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  2. Maya Rajesh says:

    this sounds like an awesome book! great review 🙂

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    1. Thank you, you’re too kind!

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  3. Janhavi @ Literary & Lavender says:

    I haven’t actually read any thrillers except the girl on the train 😅, but I’m glad you enjoyed this one! The premise seems interesting, and though I’m not sure about this book, I loved reading your thoughts 💖

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    1. Lol yeah thrillers are definitely a hit or miss for me. Thank you Janhavi! ❤

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  4. hehe high five i’m a scaredy-cat too but really glad that this triller worked out for you! also, i love the featured image! great review saniya! ❤️

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    1. ahahah virtual high fives! Thank you Cherelle! I feel that middle grade thrillers are scary without going too overboard on the ‘thrill’ part lol. Thank you so much!! I’m glad you like it. ❤

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