The Women In the Walls
Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
This was one of two YA horror books coming out this year that I was super excited about (the other was Dawn Kurtagich’s The Creeper Man, aka And The Trees Crept In, which I loved). I read Amy Lukavics’ Daughters Unto Devils last fall and liked it, so I was very excited to have the chance to read The Women In the Walls early via Edelweiss.
Much like Daughters Unto Devils, I felt that this book started off slowly, and things were really kicked into high gear at the end. While I feel like I still liked Daughters Unto Devils better than this book, I loved the outright horror elements of this book. Seriously, if you cannot deal with gore, this might not be the book for you!
I wish I had gotten more invested in the characters, but what kept me reading this book was my hope that it would be creepy and scary and violent. While it was definitely violent and gory, I didn’t find it particularly scary.
Still, this was a fun read, and it definitely has me in the mood for creepy books to read this fall! Recommended for YA horror fans.