From author Rosie Cranie-Higgs comes a masterpiece of psychological horror and suspense set against the snowy and stark Swiss Alps. Deftly mixing Scandinavian folklore and dark fairy tales, Rosie's creepy and atmospheric Whiteland series "takes readers down a terror-filled rabbit hole…" (Publishers Weekly) to a realm that is impossible to leave.
It's been one year since sisters Kira and Romy escaped the twisted realm of Whiteland. Desperate and lonely, Kira has no one to talk to, or to convince her that she's not crazy, and that everything in Whiteland really did happen. Worse, Romy remembers nothing and Kira just can't bring herself to make her sister remember.
On New Year's Eve, Kira agrees to go with her friends to a nightclub, where she hopes to finally forget everything and start fresh. Instead, she runs headlong into her past. Callum is there. He's alive and his memories of Whiteland are intact.
But Callum isn't the only thing that left Whiteland. A huldra has escaped, too, and it only has three things on its mind: punishment, revenge, and hunting down the trio that escaped.
Now the three friends are on the run in the real world. Little do they know that the farther they go, the closer they are heading into madness.
The only thing worse than going into Whiteland is when it comes out after you.
Cranie-Higgs's overwrought sequel to Whiteland picks up one year after the events of book one. Sisters Kira and Romy barely survived their time in the nightmarish otherworld of Whiteland before suddenly reappearing in England. Kira remembers everything from their time there, while Romy remembers nothing and Kira hopes to keep it that way to protect Romy from knowing the terrible things she did. Kira is shocked and delighted to be reunited with Callum, the man she thought she lost to Whiteland forever but tragedy follows on the heels of his reappearance. Romy discovers her friends' gruesomely mangled corpses at the exact same moment as, several miles away, a monster disguised as Romy murders Kira's roommates in front of her. The deaths are a message from something that has escaped Whiteland, urging the sisters to come back. Romy and Kira are framed for the murders and must work together with Callum to find answers and avoid returning to the eerie wilderness that almost killed them. The tale is slow to build momentum, weighed down by drawn-out descriptions that distract from and obscure the plot. Some of the spine-tingling moments that made the first installment work appear, but readers will have to wade through excessive exposition to find them.