Published by Tor Books on July 19, 2022
“Come home.” Vera’s mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories -- she's come back to the home of a serial killer. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there.
Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren’t alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back, and is slowly stripping Vera’s childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn’t the one leaving notes around the house in her father’s handwriting… but who else could it possibly be?
There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them, and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.
I absolutely love this book cover, and that alone was enough to have me adding this to my TBR! I love a spooky read, no matter the time of year, so after my library hold was finally available, I eagerly dove in!
This was a gothic-type story, with a lot of atmosphere and building tension that left me feeling unsettled as the story built towards its conclusion. And while I loved the creepy build-up, I have to admit that the story lost me towards the end and was a bit underwhelming, given how much I enjoyed everything up to that point.