Book Review: Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives

08.23.2022 | Harper Teen
Rating: 4.5/5 stars



After barely making it out of the Kettle Springs cornfields alive, Quinn’s first year away at college should be safe and easy. All she wants is to be normal again. But instead, Quinn finds that her past won’t leave her alone when she becomes the focus of online conspiracy theories that claim the Kettle Springs Massacre never happened. It’s a deranged but relentless fantasy, and there’s nothing Quinn can do to get people to hear the truth—not even on her own campus or in her own dorm room. Her only option is to go back into the cornfields, back where the nightmare began, to set the record straight the only way she knows how. Because when the truth gets lost in the lies, that’s when people start to die.

Clown in a Cornfield was in my top 5 reads for 2021 and I instantly pre-ordered the sequel when it became available. It was really hard to hold onto this one until October, but it was the perfect time to read it! 

Just like with the first book, Clown in a Cornfield 2 is filled with tense and action-packed moments where you’re not sure what’s going to happen to the characters and who’s going to make it out alive. The basis for this story is different than the first, with the use of real world events backing the frenzy that online fanantical groups can build. It’s a scary reality both in the real world and on paper. Cesare feeds off of this to create a story that fits the Kettle Springs and Frendo storyline with a chilling level of perfection. I could feel the hatred and tension dripping from the pages and I was on the edge of my seat with worry over my beloved favorite characters. Obviously, I’m not going to share any plot details in my review, but if you’ve read it and want to chat, I would love to discuss!

I hear there might just be a third coming our way for this slasher series and I’ll be eagerly waiting to order my copy!

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