When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.
When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?
Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.
Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.
From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night—from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.
There’s something to be said for a plot that involves another manuscript from a previous time, what’s more is one that’s recalled by a character whose memory is a bit shaky to say the least.
After reading the author’s notes I found an appreciation for the story after finishing the last page. It added more context and answered some lingering questions that were swirling around in my brain.
Overall, I loved it. I thought it was mysterious, magical, and even sentimental at times.
Mouse was tasked with the chore of cleaning out her grumpy grandmother’s house after she passed away and even though her memories were nothing but sour, she put that aside to get the job done if for nothing more than because her father asked her to.
She had no idea there was a story inside the house that would pull her in so far that in order to get out she’d have to go through it.
I enjoyed the charm of the relationships Mouse made along the way and the overall plot was wonderful, but a little confusing at times which I get can stem from there merging of multiple accounts of the manuscript that was never to be found.
It’s a twisted book that deserves a read!