By: T Kingfisher
Year Published: March 2023
Goodreads Rating: 3.93
Setting: North Carolina
Maybe you should be afraid of what goes bump in the night, or crawls, or bites.
The book starts off when Samantha Montgomery’s brother tells her that Mom seems off. Samantha is excited to be visiting her mother while on an extended leave from work. She specializes in bugs and a project she was working on is stalled.
She walks in surprised to see her mother’s usually cluttered, brightly painted home, now a sterile white and neat. Her mother’s home isn’t the only thing that seems off. Her mother acts as though she is scared and looks for every opportunity to be gone from the house for a few days. Before she leaves though, Sam overhears her mother say that Sam should be safe.
After a few strange occurrences, Sam decides to dig into what is going on. She soon finds out that some things are better left buried.
I listened to this book on audio book and I had high hopes for it. The author’s voice is very natural. I enjoyed the humor and the odd characters in the community. Loved that mom kept trying to fix Sam up with the handyman and also enjoyed Gayle the neighborhood witch who communicated with vultures. When Sam asked Gayle to help at the climax, I thoroughly enjoyed Gayle’s response that she was an herbal witch and what was she supposed to do?
Everything came together as the story was being told until the very end. I didn’t feel like it was a satisfactory ending. There were hints about the scary characters throughout the book but I couldn’t envision what the author was trying to explain in the climax. I don’t know if this is because I listened to the book instead of physically reading it. So I guess I expected more. I rated this book with three stars. That doesn’t mean I have given up on this author. I have purchased another of her books to read in the future. If you like horror that doesn’t keep you up at night, I would recommend this book.
T Kingfisher is the pen name for Ursula Vernon. She also writes children’s books and comics. She has won several awards including the Hugo, Sequoya, and Ursa Major. T Kingfisher is her pen name for her adult books. Goodreads says that when she is not writing, she is probably in the garden trying to make eye contact with butterflies. Which makes total sense, if you read this book.
This is my twenty-first book read this year and I have so many more to read. So many books, so little time. I am enjoying books again this year and I think setting the Goodreads goal has helped.
Coming soon: I am currently reading Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. It is a classic that I am reading for the first time. I had seen a couple adaptations, one I really enjoyed was Anne with an E on Netflix. I highly recommend that series. I have re-watched a little bit of that while reading this book. It appears that they followed the book fairly closely in that first season.
I am looking forward to my next read – After Anne – by Logan Steiner. It is an uncorrected arc I won from Goodreads Giveaways. It says it is a novel about the life of the author of Anne of Green Gables – L M Montgomery. I don’t know much more about it and choose to read the book for more information. I also decided I needed to read Anne of Green Gables book first, hoping that may help me sort through the information in After Anne. I look forward to reviewing both books soon.
May you always have a good book handy,