Oookay… so no one told me this was going to be a low-key

Oookay… so no one told me this was going to be a low-key

6/7/2021, 6:04:05 PM
Oookay… so no one told me this was going to be a low-key horror story. 😂 . I saw @sweptawaybybooks had said that it definitely had some Raven Cycle vibes and since a review copy from @harperbooks had just arrived at my place, I immediately started it.(And yes, so much Cabeswater vibes) . The story opens up by telling the bizarre and creepy birth of Maisie, a girl who’s touch means immediately death—but also can immediately revive. Touch something that is living, it dies. Touch something that is dead and it comes back to life. She lives her life secluded from the world with her father and their house keeper, as her father studies her capabilities. . But the deeper story is that Maisie is part of a long line of cursed women from the Blakely family. Women who have disappeared, swallowed by the ancient and ominous woods that surround the family manor. Some of the most interesting parts of this story were when we went back in time and learned the details of the dark bed time stories that Maisie always believed to be fiction. Stories about each of the missing women and what lead to their disappearance. . This story already has a low hanging ominous feel to it from the start, but it slowly grows darker and more uncomfortable. It even becomes a bit gory and twisted in ways that made me want to recoil from the pages. Despite all this, I remained very intrigued by the story. It was interesting and I wanted to learn where it was going and what would become of all the characters involved. . I was personally a bit disappointed with the wrap up of the story. It felt like such a journey and then ended up being wrapped up in a single sentence that I’m not quite sure I really understood. Like… wait, what happened?? (if anyone has already read this and can discuss with me, I’d love to.) This was one of those stories that felt richly full in some areas and then slim and scarces in others, making some of the areas of the story feel a bit incomplete for me or rushed/forced. . Even still, we’ve got a story with an array of different female representation, a dark and intriguing idea, and an overall interesting (albeit sometimes horrifying) read.

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