But then I remembered.
I somehow mentally blocked this phase of my life until today (don’t know why I haven’t thought about it in years), but there was a time when all I read were Christopher Pike novels. They were the best. I collected them all and devoured them during the late-night “sneak reading” that involved hanging over the foot of the bed so I could read by the light of the hallway that seeped into my room.
I was into R.L. Stine, too, back in the day. Always Fear Street. Never Goosebumps.
But, if I had to declare my devotion to just one, I was a Christopher Pike girl. Chain Letter. Chain Letter 2. The Remember Me and Final Friends trilogies.
I mean, could your 11-year-old self resist this book? “When Alison first read the chain letter signed “Your Caretaker,” she thought it was some terrible sick joke. Someone, somewhere knew about that awful night when she and six other friends committed an unthinkable crime in the desolate California desert. And now that person was determined to make them pay for it. One by one, the chain letter was coming to each of them … demanding dangerous, impossible deeds… threatening violence if the demands were not met. No one out of the seven wanted to believe that this nightmare was really happening to them. Until the accidents started happening — and the dying…”
The answer, in case you’re having trouble channeling your inner 11-year-old, is NO. They were irresistible!
Once I found out that a friend’s aunt used to know Christopher Pike, and I grilled her the way today’s pre-teens would grill the guy who once delivered mail to Justin Bieber. Total fan girl.
Since “growing out” of Christopher Pike (and I use quotation marks because I think my love of YA shows I haven’t grown out of a damn thing), I haven’t read thrillers. I don’t think any could live up to my Pike memories. To be honest, I’m about five clicks away from scouring Ebay for the whole Christopher Pike canon. Just ’cause.
What were your favorite thriller books as a kid? Any other Christopher Pike fans out there?