One very quiet night in the library, two years ago, I was looking for something interesting to read when I came across a new series, called Invisible Fiends. Mr Mumbles, a story about a boy’s childhood invisible friend who came back and tried to kill him sounded like my kind of book, and I was hooked within the first few pages. I love stories that send a chill down my spine and Mr Mumbles did exactly that, while also making me laugh. Now, with the final book in Barry Hutchison’s fantastic series, The Darkest Corners, being released, one of my all-time favourite series has come to an end. And what an end it is!
It′s time to fight.
But Kyle′s dad is one of the most powerful invisible fiends, and he does nothing without thinking it through. Just as Kyle learns to control his powers, he′s faced with the worst possibility of all. What if the thing that′s needed to open the gate between worlds, and destroy the world, is nothing other than… himself?
The Darkest Corners is an absolutely perfect end to a series that I wish could go on forever. I admit I had a tear in my eye as I read the last couple of chapters, because I didn’t want to say goodbye to Barry’s characters. We do get to see each of the Fiends again (if only briefly) and one of my favourite Fiends has a big part to play in this story. Joseph is a character that shows up in each of the books and Barry’s been keeping us in the dark about who he actually is all the way through. In The Darkest Corners his true identity is revealed (even though you may have already figured it out like me). I still found this reveal satisfying though because you finish the book feeling that all the loose ends have been tied up and all the characters are in their right place. At the end of The Beast, Kyle’s dad revealed something shocking about Ameena and in The Darkest Corners, Ameena continues to shock us. I won’t tell you how so you’ll just have to read the book.
The thing that I liked most about this book is the reappearance of one of my favourite Fiends. His relationships with a couple of the other characters provide some of the funniest moments of this book, and we find out why he acted the way he did when Kyle first met him.
As with the other books in the Invisible Fiends series, Barry can creep you out one moment, then make you laugh the next. He keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen to Kyle and his friends.
Thank you Barry for introducing us to Kyle, Ameena, Mr Mumbles and all the other Invisible Fiends. If you haven’t read the Invisible Fiends series I highly recommend it, especially for fans of horror/scary stories for children.
5 out of 5 stars