When newscaster Abby Waite is diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness, she decides to do the logical thing… break her twin sister Martha out of prison and hit the road. Their destination is the Waite family cabin in Minnesota where Abby plans a family reunion of sorts. But when you come from a family where your grandfather frequently took control of your body during your youth, where your mother tried to inhabit your mind and suck your youthful energies out of you, and where so many dark secrets–and bodies, even–are buried, such a family meeting promises to be nothing short of complicated…
Laben's debut novel is a gruesome, wry horror story that follows Abby Waite, who has an ability to draw energy from and control others. She and her twin sister, Martha, learned to hone their powers through years of abusive tutelage at the hands of their grandfather and mother. When Abby finds out she's dying, she decides to break her sister out of prison and return to the family cabin, hoping to perform a mysterious ritual and achieve something her grandfather never could. Just like Abby, there are moments where Laben's voice can push a little too hard, but it's impossible not to get caught up in the story as it jumps back and forth in time while maintaining a foreboding, unearthly mood. Each new twist captivates and feels like a sickening revelation rather than a cheap scare. At once sly and grim, soberingly real and darkly fantastical, the story of the Waite sisters will haunt readers like an eerie old folk song.
Awesome read !!!