Author of numerous scary thrillers, R.L. Stine tells a story of spoiled, rich Joanna who gets a lot of chilling surprises when she cheats on her sweet and caring boyfriend, Dex. Joanna wants to date Shep because he is wealthy and has good prospects, whereas Dex lives with an old aunt and can”t afford expensive schools. Even when Joanna doesn”t show up for their date at the mall, Dex still wants to see her. After convincing her to go out with him and his friend, Pete, to see the beautiful moon, the night ends in tragedy with Dex falling off a cliff and Joanna getting into a car accident as she flees the scene.
After Joanna recovers from her injuries, and Dex is declared dead, it would seem that her romantic problems are over. But strange things keep happening. Dex is calling Joanna on the phone and appearing on street corners. When Joanna realizes he”s not dead, she goes out with him, but something is different. Why is Dex”s skin so pale, and why does he smell like rotten meat? In a series of suspenseful twists and turns, reality and fantasy are blurred, and Joanna”s friendships with her best friend, Mary, and her new boyfriend, Shep, are threatened by Joanna”s growing self-centeredness. In a dramatic and surprising ending, Dex "returns from the dead" one final time to teach Joanna that it is she who has been "dead" all along. Stine has created a very entertaining, face-paced tale of morality that will have readers cheering the "dead" Dex while they continue to hope that Joanna will mend her evil ways.