I was SO EXCITED when I saw this sequel was coming out because I fucking LOVED the first book (check out my review for it here). Who doesn’t want to read a slasher featuring teenagers, clowns, cornfields, and a small-town gone mad trying to get revenge? Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives, just like the first, would make a perfect slasher flick, and I hope the series gets picked up for film.
Now, yes, you should absolutely read the first book (Clown in a Cornfield) before diving into the sequel, otherwise you’ll be very confused. There are tons of references to characters (dead and alive) and specific events (and murder weapons) to keep track of.
The sequel, set one year after the first book, follows three survivors of the Baypen Massacre. They just want to put the past behind them and live their goddamn lives, but their trauma and newfound fame won’t allow it. That, and of course the internet is full of “theories” about what actually happened causes widespread doubt about the now infamous small town.
Instead of moving on peacefully, the survivors find themselves once again facing off with strangers in clown masks, but this time it’s worse, because all the weirdos online have used the power of the internet to organize. #FrendoLives reads as a satire of many *cough* recent events, and that commentary mixed in with this queer slasher was, in my opinion, *chef’s kiss* 👌💋
Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives is another wild ride full of blood, gore, guts, guilt, revenge, and teenage angst, and I loved every minute of it.
Huge thanks to HCC Frenzy for sending me a digital ARC. Five terrifying clown masks 🤡🌽🤡🌽🤡 to this book. Be sure to pick it (and the first one!) up for your spooky season TBR.
Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives by Adam Cesare came out on August 23, 2022 and can be purchased wherever books are sold.