We're coming into that time of year where all I want is all the spooky vibes. When I heard that House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig was basically a murder mystery taking place on a secluded island, I was all about it. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy!
|Pub Date: 8-6-19|
YA - Fantasy
Soon, Annaleigh becomes plagued by increasingly disturbing visions and begins to believe the deaths were not a coincidence-- her sister's were murdered. While the rest of her sisters are sneaking out night after night to attend balls and dance their troubles away, Annaleigh seeks to get to the bottom of these haunted happenings surrounding their home and family. With the help of a mysterious stranger with secrets of his own, the pair set off on a whirlwind adventure to uncover who--or what-- is behind the darkness before it claims Annaleigh next.
I was really intrigued by the premise of this story. The idea of family full of daughters who die in these tragic circumstances seemingly from some strange curse seemed really interesting to me. I only found out after reading this that it's supposed to be a re-telling of the fairy tale, Twelve Dancing Princesses, which I'm actually not familiar with. I think that was in my favor because I wasn't really comparing this to anything else while reading.
I did enjoy the thriller/mystery vibe with a dash of horror elements that were sprinkled throughout. My only issue with the story was at times, especially around the middle, it seemed to lag a bit. It felt a tad sluggish and almost like it was trying to find its footing, but it really amped itself up at the end. I also liked the writing style; it was eerie and atmospheric, you could almost feel the sea spraying your face. I feel like this would make a nice Fall read. If you're a fan of a darker fantasy this stand alone might be worth checking out.