A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich.
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? – Goodreads.com
This author’s first book, The Dead House (review here), was a chilling, wonderful debut, so I was anxious to read her followup novel and might have done a little dance when I received it from NetGalley.
This book contains such vivid imagery with the creaking old manor containing rooms that haven’t been opened in years and the dangerous forest surrounding it – a perfect setting for this supernatural tale. Told primarily from Silla’s perspective, it’s difficult to determine what’s real and what isn’t, as her sanity seems to spiral in different directions. And the trees! When Silla thinks they’re moving closer to the house, it brought to mind the hedge animals in The Shining. Her journal entries and various sizes of fonts used in formatting are clever tools in portraying her emotions and jagged perception of reality.
At times eerie, heartbreaking, and breathtaking, this is a dark, addictive, and totally captivating read with an ending you may or may not see coming, but one you won’t soon forget. This book is scheduled for publication September 6th, 2016.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.