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.
Dark but Lovely
If this could be made into a movie it’d be amazing! I can hear the ocean as I read this, smell the sea salt and hear the sisters giggling. It was a great read and wish there was more!
I could not put this book down! It is possibly one the best I have read in a very long time! I can’t wait to start Book 2 of the series!
So well written.
I enjoy the plot and characters. I thought the names would be hard to follow with there being so many sisters, but OMG. This is such a well thought out and passionate book. The mystery is perfect without being boring or too easy. I’m a huge fan of fantasy, romance, and drama so I may be biased. But then, If you don’t like these categories why pick a book in those tags? Please give this book a try it is more than worth it.