Title: The Train by Diane Hoh
Summary: Hannah and her friends are on a train trip that begins as a fun cross-country tour – until they learn that Frog’s coffin is on board with them.
His real name was Roger, but he was nicknamed Frog by his classmates, who taunted and ridiculed him.
One by one, Hannah’s friends guiltily confess the nasty things they did to Frog. And then, one by one, they are viciously attacked.
It seems Frog is out for revenge. But Frog’s dead – isn’t he?
Tagline: A one-way ticket… to terror.
Notes: I will use “Bad Guy” throughout my reviews to refer to the anonymous killer/prankster/whatever. Doesn’t mean it’s a guy. I will now refer to the bad guy as “Muffin Man” because of The Mall. [Wing: And of course Dove tries to inflict “Muffin Man” on our guest snarkers.]
A quick introduction by Dove:
Hi all, Dove here, hijacking Dade’s post. Since Wing and I were tied up with other stuff, we put out the feelers to see if anyone else wanted to recap in the interim. Dade, who you’ve probably already met under a different name in the comments here, was the first to reply. So, from Wing and myself, thank you for doing this for the site.
[Wing: Thanks so much, Dade! You did an excellent job on a book that overall bored me.]
Diane Hoh’s my favourite Point Horror author. She doesn’t try to be trendy. She writes solid mystery thrillers that just happen to be about teenagers. (Unlike D.E. Athkins/Nola Thacker, who was cringeworthy, and ironically ghost-wrote some of Hoh’s Nightmare Hall entries). [Wing: That’s news to me. Interesting.]
I was about 12 when I first read The Train. I liked it, but I can remember writing my own fan-fic sequel in which I killed off all the survivors, because I didn’t like them very much. (My first recap and I’m already confessing dark secrets about my juvenile fiction writing career). [Wing: We embrace fanfic around here.]
Time to regress to my 12-year-old self (unfortunately not hard) to see why I felt this way.