Brendan Fear decides to throw a party at the summer house that happens to be on an island. You have to get there by boat. Things were already strange when Rachel found a dead animal in her bed and got a warning from her best friend Amy about not going to this party and another one from her ex boyfriend Mac who may or may not be a sociopath. At the very least he has anger management issues.
Since Brendan's dreamy Rachel decides to go. Um I'm pretty sure that a door that's latched doesn't just blow itself open. Rachel's dad what were you thinking when you thought it was a good idea to leave the door unlocked? That's how the person got in to leave the little present that seems more fitting from a dog than the dreamy guy who just invited you to his party. Things start going south when the guy driving the boat gets into an accident. Yep he seems to be dead. So much for getting home after the party. What kind of parents let their kids go to an all night party that has boys and girls? Does that sound like a good idea? It doesn't to me but what do I know I just have a fake pet.
If you're going to throw a party on an island where there's no cellphone reception you might want to have a radio or a landline available just in case something happens. And this is coming from a girl who hates phones with a passion. I only use my cellphone for reading and I get annoyed when a call interrupts that reading. Is there a turn off the phone option so I can just read? I'm serious. I really want an answer to that question. The food seems good and damn I want pizza again. I think I'll have to just go and get that cheap pizza from King Soopers because DiGiorno is too expensive for me to get more than one of. Ooh I think I spelled it right.
Brendan decides it would be a fabulous idea for his party to have a scavenger hunt. Yes that's a great idea and make sure to have a really weird list of items to collect. I just wonder why there were bats on the third floor. I guess because the mansion didn't have a thirteenth floor. Guess what every building has one even if they don't call it that. He is paired up with Rachel who I swear was killed in The Prom Queen unless that was another Rachel. How many Rachels would be at a school? Rachel finds what seems to be Brendan hanging from the ceiling. Oh no that's not good and oh look it comes with a note. I forget what the note said because I don't have a photographic memory. It was something dumb and game related. Anyone up for a game of hangman? Something like that. Get it?
It wasn't Brendan. It turned out to be a dummy. So of course things keep getting weirder and weirder. There's no phone but they have a surveillance system that showed two men in masks with rifles. Sure that makes sense. Two more people end up dead and I have to say I'm relieved that it was Eric because the dude was kind of annoying. Shut up dude. Ha ha you have to stay shut up because you're dead. Everyone is wigged out and it doesn't help that the staff took off on the boat. I guess they figured out how to use it. This is the best party ever Brendan. These are not happy campers but hey that's all good because no one is dead because the deaths were faked.
If you go to a party where the host claims a person is dead you just double check to make sure you aren't being lied to. Brendan is so thrilled about his party that was a big game but no one is amused. Everyone is pissed off at Brendan and I was hoping that Rachel would kick him in the nuts. I agree with whoever said that murder isn't a game. I guess it is if you're a psycho killer. There's a boat due back soon and hello the two guys in masks arrive with guns but Brendan forgot about that. Things go south when it turns out that these guys are kidnappers. Yes only take Brendan and Rachel and put the others in the basement since they won't count as being victims. They want a million dollars and so do I for that matter. It would be nice to be rich and not have to check the damn price tags.
Rachel and Brendan escape. They are so smart that soon they are separated and Brendan gets himself caught while Rachel gets stuck in a death pit. Hey at least the bones of the victims were able to help her get out. Thanks death pit peeps for providing your bones to get her out. She runs into Mac who isn't dead and she stupidly follows him. Girl you're an idiot. First you agree to go to this party and now you follow your creepy ex who spills the beans about who that familiar sounding man is. Guess what dude she didn't know it was your father until you told her. Garland doesn't take things too well but hey at least you get to remove your ski mask. That's a plus.
Rachel escapes again when she pushes Garland. Of course he finds her just as she's about to take off in the canoe. He kills the canoe so of course she has a fantasy about killing him and then makes plans to kill the other guy. She goes back with Garland and oh crap he gets exposed or at least his first name does. Dude you're probably not the only Sal in town after all another Rachel was killed in Shadyside because crazy shit always happens in this town. Sal wigs out and scalps Rachel. Hey at least you didn't have to pay for your haircut like I did.
Hello the cops show up but something is off about them. It turns out that they are the actors that Brendan hired. He was going to end the evening with everyone getting arrested. Thankfully they had handcuffs so after Garland angrily threw down the rifle they were cuffed and taken away. Brendan shows his crazy by wondering what he'll do next year to top his birthday. Rachel why are you dating this dude? He's certifiable. Spend the night at work where you at least get a hundred bucks without stripping. That sounds like a lot of money. There was the babysitter that got three hundred bucks a week. Beth just randomly shows up which was strange and oh no the tangerine jacket was left behind at the Fear mansion.
Rachel and Brendan go to the island and she finds the jacket being worn by the ghost of Aunt whoever the fuck she is. She disappears and the jacket is left behind. I think she'll probably never wear it again after all it has crazy taxidermy ghost cooties. I wouldn't wear it again. Why is she so crazy about this jacket? Is it the in thing to have a tangerine jacket? Who doesn't love a tangerine jacket? I think I'll pass on that. If I was Brendan I would have a evening in with movies and pizza instead of trying to top this latest birthday party. These books are crazy as fuck but I love them. They are so addictive.