The Sacrifice Box

The Sacrifice Box

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 Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient sto...

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Author:Martin Stewart
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  • Sara
    Nov 23, 2017
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. One summer 70's evening, five boys discover a box in the woods. To cement their friendship, the friends decide to make sacrifices to the box by giving up something meaningful to place inside, with the threat that if on...
  • Trisha
    Sep 28, 2018
    "The sacrifice box's terrible pulse beat through him, through the soles of his feet and the pores of his flesh, the vibrations of a drumbeat he could no longer hear but which hammered at him still with all its strength." An interesting horror story - bloody and gory and full of sadn...
  • Carlos
    Nov 25, 2018
    Very weak book, no understandable plot and no profound minor characters. Recommend it for a very light reading . ...
  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    Feb 05, 2018
    DNF at 10% - I'm just not feeling it right now but I will come back to it when I'm in the mood. ...
  • Stefanie
    Sep 19, 2018
    Wonderfully creepy and atmospheric. I loved seeing the different people who had also visited the box in the past. This is what I wanted 2017's Flatliners to be. It's a horror story about the importance of friendship. ...
  • Kirsti
    May 27, 2018
    I've always enjoyed horror books, while hating that they scare me at the same time. Although this one wasn't too scary, it had enough scary/gross out moments that I could appreciate it. Basically it is the story of five friends who are driven together for just one summer, and then when...
  • Mehsi
    Mar 25, 2018
    "Never come to the box alone. Never open it after dark. Never take back your sacrifice." A few simple rules, but you would be surprised how people get it wrong, and not only that, but people think that the box is all sweet and kind intentions. Hello, I could have told you from the...
  • Stacee
    Aug 28, 2018
    DNF at 34% I loved this synopsis and the cover and was so eager to get to this. This cast of characters is fairly large and I couldn?t connect to any of them, especially with the jumping around in POVs. I don?t know if it was the formatting on my e-arc, but everything felt c...
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    May 28, 2018
    Creepy AF! But super fun. Really enjoyed this one! ...
  • Lia
    Dec 01, 2017
    Please tell me I?m not the only one who didn?t expect a horror novel after reading that synopsis? I normally don?t read horror books, it?s not at all my genre, but I did enjoy reading this one (surprisingly)! The story is about Sep (whose name is actually September), he?s lon...
  • Nicola Wells
    Mar 22, 2018
    This review was first published on Starting in 1982, Martin Stewart?s second, stand-alone book, The Sacrifice Box, is an admirable combination of terrifying and dark-humour. Following the story of Sep (September), Mack, Arkle, Lamb and Hadley through their childhood...
  • Hannah
    Jan 01, 2018
    I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I first heard of this book when watching YALC vlogs last year and was immediately excited for it- anything reminiscent of Stranger Things has me immediately interested! For about the first 25% I didn't unders...
  • Ally
    Feb 13, 2018
    They spoke the words, the rules of the sacrifice. "Never come to the box alone," they said, hands unmoving. Never open it after dark," they said, fingers joined together. Never take back your sacrifice," they finished. Then let go. I have been forever ruined in the genre of ho...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Jan 15, 2018
    The synopsis for this one sounded so dark and brilliant (even as YA) that I was really looking forward to it - I read it fast, it is an easy read in that sense, but honestly it missed the mark for me on quite a few levels. That is not to say that it is not entertaining. It is in man...
  • Leonie Byrne
    Nov 04, 2017
    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Martin Stewart for my ARC of The Sacrifice Box. First off let me give a trigger warning to potential readers that lots of animals die in this book which was quite upsetting (for me) and might be for you. It?s the late 70s and a group of f...
  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    Aug 20, 2018
    In The Sacrifice Box five unlikely friends (all from what would be different cliques these days) become friends in the summer of 1982, they find a box and sacrifice items to it to promise to remain friends. The box has 3 rules "never come to the box alone; never open it after dark; nev...
  • Kirsty Hanson
    Apr 08, 2018
    I had to read The Sacrifice Box for the monthly book club at my local Waterstones. The premise of the book sounded so interesting! I love books that focus on friendship, and I do love a good thriller/horror novel! So this sounded like a perfect read for me. Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb an...
  • Elizabeth Emily Browne
    Jun 01, 2018
    What in the world did I just read. I?m pretty sure this is one of the craziest things I?ve read this year.. maybe even ever. But anyway this was a story of love, friendship.. nightmares, horror, killer teddy bears, creepy crows and pretty much killer everything. I don?t know what...
  • Ellen Gail
    May 20, 2018
    2.5 stars. Lots of fun 80s vibes and a bit of creepy stuff, but lacking in the characters. Never come to the box alone. Never open it after dark. Never take back your sacrifice. Soooo, I kind of forgot I hadn't reviewed this one yet. Whoops. Let's fix that. Riding the ...
  • Paromjit
    Dec 11, 2017
    This is a dark and atmospheric supernatural horror thriller set in the 1980s. The actual location is left mysteriously unclear although we do know that it is an island. It is 1982 and the main character, September 'Sep' Hope and teens Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley have spent the summer ...
  • Ken
    Jan 29, 2018
    When a group of friends discover a stone box that they find in the woods they each make a sacrifice - something that's special to them with only three simple rules: Never come to the box alone Never open it after dark Never take back your sacrifice. Four years later, strange eve...
  • Rachael (foreverxbookish)
    Jan 08, 2018
    I don't know where to even begin. How am I meant to explain the multitude of emotions that coursed lme every night when I picked this book up? The Sacrifice Boxis both touching and terrifying and I don't quite know how that works so well. I finished this book at 2:30am and even no...
  • Louise Wilson
    Jan 06, 2018
    Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley are five friends who are thrown together one hot, sultry summer. They discover a stone box hidden in the forest and they decide to make a sacrifice: something special to them. They make a pact, they will never return to the box at night, they will neve...
  • demislibrary
    Feb 08, 2018
    This book was incredible. Think Stranger Things but a lot Stranger! It is such a good story about friendship and love. It was more of a thriller, which I don?t tend to read, but this may have changed my mind! I must get my hands on some more of Stewarts books, his writing style reall...
  • Kayla
    Apr 04, 2018
    I didn't love this book but it was really entertaining to read and it had a really enjoyable storyline. ...
  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    Jan 15, 2018
    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ Is it too early to add this as a contender for one of my most disappointing reads of 2018? Because, its barely a month into the year but I don?t think any other book is going to be able to top this. I...
  • Renee Godding
    Sep 15, 2018
    DISCLAIMER: The Sacrifice Box probably doesn?t even deserve the enjoyment it got from me? ?Objectively?, it?s not a good book. It?s pretty bad actually... Subjectively, I had a ton of fun and it was just what I needed, right now. If you are reading this review, you hav...
  • I.
    Oct 11, 2018
    I need this book to be a movie so very bad. British Steven King with a dash of Meddling Kids and Goosebumps. One of my favorite horror books ever. And some of the most original, most awesome, most tormented characters I've ever read. It NEEDS more buzz. Please read it. Full Review: ht...
  • Susan
    Aug 27, 2018
    The Sacrifice Box is of the Horror Genre, I believe you can expect it to be disturbing. However I?m trying to get better at trigger warnings. There is, in this particular book a good bit of animal violence, overall violence, bullying Also- very minor spoilers. I?m going to devia...
  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    Jan 16, 2018
    One of the great things I loved about this book was the setting. It?s set in 1986 and the lead characters are just 1 year older than me at the time. It brings about such great memories of bad hair, outlandish dress sense and some fabulous music. I?d give it all the stars just for...