NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Get swept away by this “haunting” (Bustle) YA novel about twelve beautiful sisters living on an isolated island estate who begin to mysteriously die one by one. This dark and atmospheric fairy tale inspired story is perfect for fans of Yellowjackets.
"Step inside a fairy tale." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last--the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge--and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister's deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who--or what--are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family--before it claims her next. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Be careful who you dance with...
And don't miss Erin Craig's Small Favors, a mesmerizing and chilling novel about dark wishes and even darker dreams.
Evocative details and lyrical, moody prose distinguish this tale with strong allusions to "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" of 12 sisters who seemingly fall under a curse, resulting in their deaths under tragic and violent circumstances over the course of several years. Debut author Craig stages the narrative in an enigmatic island realm set apart from the outside world and governed by a mythology that is connected to the ocean. The sisters (only seven remain when the story begins) live with their father and his significantly younger new wife at seaside manor Highmoor. Fearful of meeting fates similar to their siblings', all but one sister, Annaleigh, seek refuge through pageantry and nights spent dancing until dawn (fairy tale like details abound: velvet-draped ballrooms, extravagant "fairy shoes"). Craig offers a well-placed element of grotesquerie as the sisters become puppetlike pawns controlled by a malevolent force. Certain elements including a duplicitous central character's arc and the story's budding romance carry a degree of predictability, but these are minor distractions in an otherwise richly conceived story that blends mythic and Gothic storytelling. Ages 12 up.
You can’t put down!
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed! Once there were twelve, but now four have died in horrific ways, each one more tragic than the last. And there are whispers in the village that the family is cursed by the gods. Annaleigh must race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family before it claims her next! I loved this! Fast paced, I blew through this is a few days! Part romantic, tragic, scary, gothic, and mythical, it was quite an adventure. Great attention to details, so colorful and full of life! I was completely sucked in from page one. Loved this story, it kept me guessing until the very end! I’ll definitely be reading more by this author!
Imaginative and suspenseful
This was a unique story full of unexpected twists and turns, in depth characterization, and just the right amount of magic
So well done
Please disregard the 1 star review because I’m positive they didn’t read the same book I just did.
This book is extremely well thought out. There are so many characters and moving parts in this book that I definitely read it a bit slower than I normally would, but that wasn’t due to the author not delivering. Truly, this book is so wonderfully done.
To take such a spooky morbid story and deliver it as delicately as this author did to a YA audience… wonderful!!