[b:The Summer I Died|891472|The Summer I Died|Ryan C. Thomas|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1179233761s/891472.jpg|876713] is just straight out slasher/gore/splatter, call it what you will. I often see this book compared to [b:The Girl Next Door|179735|The Girl Next Door|Jack Ketchum|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1298460378s/179735.jpg|1109091]. But, it is lacking the more subtle psychological torture that "The Girl Next Door" has and is overdosing in brutal physical torture. As such, I don't think it has the long-term punch that "The Girl Next Door" packed.
I prefer my horror to scare me, not try to gross me out or shock me. The shock factor wears off fast in this type of novel and quickly becomes tiresome.