Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.
Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.
As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.
The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.
Another jumbled ‘review’ that technically doesn’t even make sense. But I feel like that’s the sign of a good book, when it’s hard to properly express how good it was.
As a warning, don’t read this book when it’s dark. Don’t read this book while you’re home alone. Now that that’s out of the way:
Easily one of the best books of 2021. This was unlike anything I’ve ever read. This was horrid, eerie, creepy, mysterious, a bit chaotic, grotesque even and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy every second of it.
You know that feeling when you’re full of adrenaline, completely consumed by a book because it’s so good you literally can’t stop reading. This was it. It was very fast paced and had a haunting mystery that made you keep going regardless of time or place. Catch me holding my phone up, reading while my dentist tries to get access to my teeth.
The visuals, the descriptions were flawless. The story in itself is one of nightmares but one I, oddly enough, wish I could live in. It was creepy no doubt about it but it has its appeal. It was enchanting, in a dark twisted sense.
And it has a hell of a plot twist that I never saw coming. It’s just one those books that stays with you long after finishing, keeps you up daily obsessively thinking about.
As a side note, I want to put out there that I would like a sequel or even a novella because I need more. Especially with the way this ended.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me an early copy in exchange for an honest review.