Horrid

Release date: September 15th, 2020

Synopsis:

Following her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone…and more tormented.

As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident “bad seed,” struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane’s mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won’t reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the “storage room” her mom has kept locked isn’t for storage at all–it’s a little girl’s bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears….

Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more…horrid?

My review:

Horrid was a great creepy thriller that was a perfect read for October. After the hype behind this book I was expecting to love it as much as Burn Our Bodies Down but I honestly didn’t. While it was creepy and a little spooky it wasn’t one of those that kept me up at night convinced of seeing and/or hearing things. It’s always fun to see books reference other author’s works and in this case, Jane LOVES Agatha Christie. I haven’t personally read any of her novels (I know – shameful to some) but it is something I plan on rectifying soon because I think that I will love them. Fans of her work could get a little bit more to love out of this book from that inclusion.

I rather enjoy books that include odd obsessions, illnesses, and mental health issues. This book happened to include pica – I can’t elaborate more than that other than to wonder how far back in the character’s family it goes. The human brain is spectacular and powerful but it doesn’t always work in our favor, does it? Horrid did a great job at nudging the line, more than once, on our brain’s perception of reality. I believe that books with tough subjects are worth their weight – especially to those whose current or past has included them. The topics that receive the most page space in this book are intense anger/rage, mental health/illness, grief via loss of loved ones.

It was extra fun puzzling out this book with a group of gals and seeing everyone’s opinions on what was going on. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy paranormal, mysteries, suspense/thriller, and young adult. Thank you to Owlcrate for curating all the spooky goodies for all of us book nerds and the beautiful copy of Horrid – all opinions are my own, I purchased the Owlcrate box myself.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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