A bone-chilling read about creating monsters, sisterhood turned toxic, and secrets that won't stay buried, perfect for fans of The Night She Disappeared, Wilder Girls, and The Blair Witch Project.
Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. And moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over as someone different.
In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.
Then Deirdre disappears.
And when something awful comes scratching at Skye's window in the middle of the night, claiming Skye's the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.
A great buy for readers who want:
•young adult horror books
•the teen girl book best sellers of 2018
Praise for Here There Are Monsters:
"Thick with atmosphere and tension, Here There Are Monsters does what fairy tales do: it edifies as it terrifies."—Foreword *STARRED REVIEW*
"Seamlessly executed... an intricate, subtle, and deeply unsettling read."—Kirkus
"Dark and eerie with just the right amount of creepiness...perfect for any fan of young adult horror."—School Library Journal
"Everything and everyone reeks of malice while nothing and no one can be trusted—perfect conditions for a compelling YA horror."—Shelf Awareness
"The horror of this creepy tale rests upon an increasing sense of inevitability and powerlessness against the spirit entities that inhabit the woods."—BCCB
Also by Amelinda Bérubé:
The Dark Beneath the Ice
In this sharp-edged, dark fantasy, a young woman's attempt at normalcy crumbles after her younger sister disappears into the sprawling woods near their new home. Skye, 16, used to play the Queen of Swords in her sister's elaborate fantasy scenarios and protect her from bullies. But since their family's move, Skye has pulled away from 13-year-old Deirdre, choosing to reinvent herself and find new friends. Then Deirdre mysteriously vanishes. To rescue her sister, Skye must undergo several grueling tasks on behalf of Deirdre's gruesome, inhuman creations, which have inexplicably come to life. The challenges require Skye to reveal her deepest secrets and hurt those she cares for the most. B rub (The Dark Beneath the Ice) adeptly chronicles Skye's self-destructive quest, infusing her story with a sense of claustrophobia, foreboding, and hopelessness. She succeeds a little too well, however: Skye is abrasive, self-absorbed, and keen to alienate others, and her descent into desperation proves painful as she sacrifices everything for a sister she seems to resent. Paired with the atmospheric setting, the dual exploration of liminal spaces and questionable family makes for a truly weird, creepy tale one that may prove bleak for most readers. Ages 14 up.)