"takes readers down a terror-filled rabbit hole in the Swiss Alps. This powerful series launch will haunt readers well after they're done reading." —Publishers Weekly
"Winter time. In the woods. Swiss folklore. Female lead. Revenge! …there is plenty to capture your interest. I genuinely shivered…" —Scream Magazine
Blending Scandinavian folklore with dark fairy tales, this creepy and atmospheric debut novel by Rosie Cranie-Higgs will take you on a psychological joyride into a terror-filled realm known only as Whiteland.
'You're only going to get burned.'
'Monsters,' she calls into the night. 'And girls who go looking for them.'
In a lonely Swiss mountain village, Kira's holiday is interrupted when her sister Romy ventures into the woods. It's winter, it's eerie, and there's something out there.
When Romy returns, she's different, and shouldn't have survived the elements. Even though she isn't acting normal, all their parents care about is that she's still alive.
Seeking answers, Kira starts to pry. Exploring the otherworldly forest, she stumbles upon a folkloric world called Whiteland.
But secrets like to be kept. If Kira runs away, she'll be safe. If she doesn't, her family might not survive. In the end, there's no mercy in revenge.
The eerie first horror novel in the Whiteland series from Cranie-Higgs (The Unspoken Code) takes readers down a terror-filled rabbit hole in the Swiss Alps. Kira McFadden's sister, Romy, is always wandering off and getting into trouble, so when a stranger, Callum, finds Romy passed out in the snowy woods during a family vacation in Switzerland, none of the McFaddens are surprised. But Romy recovers from what should have been fatal frostbite at an unnatural speed and her behavior grows even more erratic than usual leading Kira to the paranoid belief that the thing Callum brought back from the woods is not actually her sister. When Kira and Callum go out to investigate the spot where Romy was found, the forest around them suddenly changes and the paths become a maze. As they try to escape the trees, the forest or something in it plays tricks on them, even dangerously altering their minds, and whatever's controlling the illusions may be connected to the McFadden family in ways Kira does not yet understand. Though some of the twists are predictable, Cranie-Higgs does an admirable job evoking the otherworldly feeling of the woods, which become increasingly terrifying and strange as the book goes on. This powerful series launch will haunt readers well after they're done reading.