Horror Mondays! Book Review: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

September 22, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews, Horrific Monday 2

Horrifying MondaysHorrifying Mondays is all about what scares us. The horror behind the curtains that we refuse to open, the creatures in the dark, and sometimes those creatures that are in the open!

Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.




Horror for Today: Psychological!

I think that psychological horror can sometimes be the worst kind. No, it’s not in your face, which is why I paused when I was thinking over if I wanted to add this review to Horrifying Mondays, but what psychological horror does is STAY with you.

When I read or watch something that is more on the lines of psychological horror I don’t get that sudden anxiety. Nor do I jump out of my seat, or spill my popcorn. What does happen is this layering of feelings like a cake but mired with anxiety. These layers build and build the anticipation of what could happen and even when the climax hits my heart is sometimes beating so fast that I could jump out of my skin if someone said something to me in that moment.

No, unlike gory or in your face scares, psychological horrors will leave you thinking, sometimes for years afterwards and that is exactly why this review is set for today. I think I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Forgive me
by Matthew Quick
on August 13th 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 273
Format: Audiobook
Source: Brown Books, NetGalley

How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last?

Eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he’ll do. He’ll say goodbye.

Not to his mum – who he calls Linda because it annoys her – who’s moved out and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor’s daughter and a teacher.

Most of the time, Leonard believes he’s weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he’s not. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye.


My Thoughts HorrorLeonard Peacock is just a boy that nobody understands. He just wants what everyone wants, friendship, love, loyalty. Those things that some others take for granted.

Reading about Leonard really made my heart race. At every point in this book I was wondering if he would go with his plan of attack. He really wants someone to talk him out of it, anyone, and I think he is even really trying to tell people that he is upset, but no one will listen!

I listened to this on audible and I have to say the narrator, Noah Galvin, was fabulous. I believed every single word he said. He put inflections in exactly where I would expect a sarcastic teenager to. He read this narration with such feeling that I had a huge amount of empathy for Leonard Peacock, even with his dastardly plans.

The entire book had me moving closer and closer and closer to the edge of my seat. The way Matthew Quick wrote this was amazing and although to the point, he adds in some backward and forward movement for Leonard so the reader really gets a sense of who he is by the end of the book. Secrets were revealed that I would never have imagined.

The future tense parts of this threw me off for a minute but those are even explained further along in the book. Everything is explained. This is a read where when you read the synopsis you may think that this will be a tear jerker, and to a point it is, but it is also so much, much more than that. In this is a smart kid trying to figure out if life really is worth living. He’s asking that pivotal question about existence and if he will be able to survive it all.

In the end, absolutely amazing.


Horror Meter: 4/5

Gore: 0/5

Shock Factor: 3/5

Emotions: 4/5

Total Scare: 4/5

The Author HorrorMatthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. He lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.



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2 Responses to “Horror Mondays! Book Review: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick”

  1. Rita @ My Home of Books

    I’m going to be honest– I misunderstood what this story was about when I first came across it. I thought it was more like snarky teenaged angst, but having it placed in the horror category is surprising. I still am not really sure what Leonard plans to do and why, but hey, you said it’s a layered story and just needs to be read.

    Still not sure if I would pick this up, probably if I saw it in the library, so okay if I didn’t enjoy it, just return it. Thanks for a good, informative review. You will help out many interested readers.
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    • Christina

      Thank you Rita! I really appreciate that. It’s in the horror category definitely. I don’t want to give too much away but it really was an interesting read! Very curious and quite disturbing really!