Review: The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave by J.H. Moncrieff

Book Description:

Sometimes evil looks like a fuzzy teddy bear.

Still grieving the untimely death of his dad, ten-year-old Josh Leary is reluctant to accept a well-worn stuffed teddy bear from his new stepfather. He soon learns he was right to be wary. Edgar is no ordinary toyand he doesn’t like being rejected. When Josh banishes him to the closet, terrible things begin to happen.

Desperate to be rid of the bear, Josh engages the help of a friend. As the boys’ efforts rebound on them with horrifying results, Josh is forced to accept the truth—Edgar will always get even.


In The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, Josh is a 10-year old boy still trying to accept his dad’s death. It’s been a couple of years and since then, his mom married a man named Michael. In what we think is an effort to get Josh to like him, Michael gives Josh a teddy bear named Edgar and we soon learn that Edgar is more than your average bear.

I think at one point or another, almost every kid has one toy or another that is scary or even just a little creepy. Imagine getting a bear that wears a perpetual evil smirk on his face, and no matter where Josh places him, he always seems to end up on his bed. Josh and his friend soon realize Edgar is bad news and do everything they can think of to rid themselves of the ugly bear. Things go from bad to worse and Josh has to fight for his life.

I loved this story! it is well written and doesn’t rely on a lot of foul language and gore to get its point across. You really begin to feel every emotion Josh feels and this story is not only scary, but quite sad as well.

This is the perfect story for those who like their horror a little more tame and it’s short so it can be read in a couple of hours. You can pre-order The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave and it comes out May 5.

You can check out the creepy trailer for the book here.

I think J.H. Moncrieff has a lot to offer the world of horror and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. This is the second of her stories I have had the pleasure of reading and it left me wanting more.


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