In between reading articles filled with academic jargon for classes, I found myself wanting to read something for fun where I didn’t have to take it too seriously. As such, I found the supernatural, thriller mystery novel “Camp So-and-So” by Mary McCoy. The story is set at a mysterious summer camp up in the mountains of Appalachia that sends out invitations to teenagers every year and is sponsored by a famed businessman and philanthropist. As various events unfold, the seemingly harmless summer camp starts to look a lot more sinister and the reader slowly pieces together the mystery of the nightmarish camp across the various different perspectives the story is told through. The story is split up into five related but very different mini-storylines, one for each cabin of girls in the camp. While the different cabins’ stories all seem to be disconnected at first, slowly their paths align and the ominous masterplan of the camp is revealed.
This book mixed the supernatural and faery genres in a very interesting way that catches your attention. Moreover, the omnipotent third-person narration across the five independent storylines connects them all together in a way that gets you invested in each individual story despite there being over twenty characters involved across the five cabins. Each cabin’s story was just as interesting as the last and the convergence of the five relatively independent stories into one cohesive narrative at the end was done in a way that wasn’t jarring despite the number of moving pieces. Overall, this book was the perfect blend of mystery and the supernatural. I was able to simply follow along as the secrets of the story were revealed without having to think too much. I recommend this novel for those who enjoy supernatural thriller stories with darker undertones and need a break from work or school.