Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chobsky

Published October 1, 2019

Hardcover, 705 pages


(Thanks to Netgalley & Grand Centra Publishing, I received an eARC)


Imagine… Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.

Imagine… Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

Imagine… Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.

Imagine… Something that will change everything… And having to save everyone you love.


I was beyond excited to read another book by this author, because they are extremely talented and I loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I loved the idea that this was a completely different genre, but also one that I love. The fact that it’s been so long between this and the last I read by this author really made me enjoy it more than I think I would have if it came out soon after the last.

The story was very creepy and strange. It took the weirdest turn I think I’ve ever read, but wow did it work for this book. I was enthralled and entertained the whole time reading, partly from the author’s writing style, and partly because the storyline was so unique.

I would love to see this as a movie, I feel like this would be excellent if the author worked on the screenplay. It could definitely work as a Netflix, Hulu, etc. series as long as the author has say. Overall if you need a nice creepy autumn read look no further. I also need to note the synopsis is perfection!


  1. Hi! This sounds good – I have been meaning to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I haven’t heard of Imaginary Friend – I do like creepy stories so maybe I’ll try this one first. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I love creepy books and am always looking for more, so thank you for sharing this review! It’s interesting to see an already very famous author writing in a very different genre. I’m also intrigued since you mentioned that you’d like to see it adapted to the TV/Film, I’ve encountered a few books like this that even if they were only 3 star “okay” books, I just think to myself, “Man this would be so much better as on TV.” I’ll definitely be adding this one to my TBR.

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