This is one of the best books I have read in 2021 thus far! I absolutely loved every page of this book and could not put it down— I ended up reading it all in one sitting. It really reminded me a lot of Jeff Vandermeer‘s "Annihilation," one of my all-time favorites.
Horror is a genre that has never greatly appealed to me and one that I struggle with having visceral reactions. Sutherland had changed that for the better.
I initially was quite skeptical of the novel as I’ve been drifting away from YA due to the general writing style and plots. However, Sutherland demonstrated how writing can be provocative and entrancing to beyond the typical YA demographic.
The plot was so well thought out and Sutherland did not pull any punches. I deeply enjoyed all of the characters; they were well-developed and I found myself invested in their individual storylines.
The imagery is so vivid, especially how Sutherland makes something like death so tangible through her descriptions of distinctive smells.
Overall, this was such a beautiful and haunting take on a Gothic modern fairytale. I’m still left with lot of questions now that I finished the book, and I hope that there is a sequel to further clarify the ending!