Stay up all night with this modern day Rebecca! Perfect for fans of Truly Devious--a haunting story about a new girl in an old town filled with dark secrets . . . that might just kill her.
People say the house is cursed.
It preys on the weakest, and young women are its favorite victims.
In Louth, they're called the Dead Girls.
All Bram wanted was to disappear--from her old life, her family's past, and from the scandal that continues to haunt her. The only place left to go is Louth, the tiny town on the Hudson River where her uncle, James, has been renovating an old mansion.
But James is haunted by his own ghosts. Months earlier, his beloved wife died in a fire that people say was set by her daughter. The tragedy left James a shell of the man Bram knew--and destroyed half the house he'd so lovingly restored.
The manor is creepy, and so are the locals. The people of Louth don't want outsiders like Bram in their town, and with each passing day she's discovering that the rumors they spread are just as disturbing as the secrets they hide. Most frightening of all are the legends they tell about the Dead Girls. Girls whose lives were cut short in the very house Bram now calls home.
The terrifying reality is that the Dead Girls may have never left the manor. And if Bram looks too hard into the town's haunted past, she might not either.
When Bram Howland's troubles begin threatening her widowed mother's social standing, the 17-year-old recovering drug addict heads upstate from Manhattan to Louth, where her uncle James is renovating a mansion built by the town's namesake. Locals believe the building has been cursed since 1890, when 18-year-old Grace Louth drowned herself in the Hudson River after her father bribed her lover to leave town. Multiple "dead girls" have subsequently been linked to the house, most recently James's second wife, Dahlia Bellinger, who died in a fire allegedly set by her teenage daughter, Lark. James claims that Lark, who is now in a mental hospital, became obsessed with Grace Louth while living in the manor and went mad. Bram suspects there is more to the story, though particularly after she starts seeing Grace's ghost. Miller (the Kiki Strike series) delivers a feminist twist on gothic horror that thrills and chills while exploring the myriad ways that society tries to silence "problematic" women. Tense, twisty plotting and atmospheric prose help offset some superficial character development, propelling the book to a rewarding, optimistic close. Ages 14 up.
Thrilling page turner
Was looking for a modern day gothic novel and was not disappointed - great read!