Warning: Contains Spoilers!
‘We’ve got a chance to escape from this place.’
Aufwader’s Thoughts: And so the truth about Christina finally makes it to the main cast. I like that this is a ‘possessed little girl’ scene that just gets straight to the point with no frills. All that happens is that Austerly backchats the teens and gets locked in the loo, and there’s none of that silly crawling backwards up the wall, heads turning all the way around, ‘the power of Christ compels you’ nonsense. Robin allows the mould effect to, er, bloom by itself, and it’s all the creepier for it.
Matt’s Thoughts: It’s all action in this penultimate chapter and there is a certain exhilaration to seeing their escape plan potentially being executed.
I will admit, the first time I read this, I was sort of hoping that Lee wouldn’t give into his dark side and try to kill Jangler. But going through this a second time, I realise that any mercy showed to Jangler would not be repaid in kind and the level of sadism and suffering that man has inflicted has been horrendous. So this time around, I’m on Lee’s side.
Also, if the Ismus is right about Lee’s gang background, it’s almost as if he’s ‘unleashing the beast’ one last time, right?