ARC Review: The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

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The Sacrifice Box

by Martin Stewart

YA Horror, Supernatural

Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.

Four years later, the gang have drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.

As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realise that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town’s history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC of The Sacrifice Box in exchange for an honest review!

The Sacrifice Box was one of the many ARCs I managed to get my hands on all the way back at Deptcon3 and ever since it’s basically been staring at me from my TBR pile, begging to be read. The premise of the book sounded super interesting so I was always going to get to it sooner rather than later, but I’m so glad that I decided to read this because it was so so so good!

I’ll start with how well the atmosphere of the book was crafted. There was an eerie sense threaded throughout which worked really well for the nature of the book. I thought the idea of this sacrifice box that was coming back years later and haunting the five ex-friends was really creepy but super interesting at the same time.

I loved each of the characters and how they differentiated from each other too. Sep was a brilliant narrator, and I loved seeing how his relationship with Hadley, Lamb, Arkle, Mack and even Mario developed. The scenes with the dolls and stuff coming back to life and attacking the five friends were written so well and I found it really hard to put this book down. I would definitely recommend this for fans of Stephen King because it gave me a real It vibe to it, as well as a Stranger Things one. If I had to describe this book in three words it would be: mesmerising, unique and compelling.