Published by Harlequin Teen on September 27th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, horror
Source: Free for Review
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Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
I’ve finally found one! A book that lives up to my high standards for horror! Amy Lukavics is an author who doesn’t shy away from the making her books really scary!
I really enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It starts out strange. Lucy lives in a big old house. Her mother died, her father runs the business, her aunt and her cousin stay there with them. I really loved the family dynamics because they were a little screwy. Just odd enough that I found them suspect, while they were completely normal in Lucy’s mind.
The story builds perfectly. If anyone out there is a Joss Whedon fan, it reminded me of Cabin in the Woods. The two stories aren’t similar at all. However, Women in the Walls has a similar feeling in the way it’s written. Where Cabin in the Woods recognizes the common tropes in horror novels and doesn’t take itself too seriously, Women in the Walls takes advantage of familiar horror novel stereotypes as well. It’s also written in a way that I always felt one step behind, just like Lucy was. Like the answer was just within reach. It kept me guessing and reading to figure out what was happening.
This book really filled my need for a creepy October book. If you are looking for something to read for Halloween, definitely pick this one up.
Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother’s bookshelf.
Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.
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