Enjoyable Southern Gothic Story

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The Cherry Robbers is an interesting, haunting Gothic novel — I picked it up planning to only read a chapter or two and instead finished it in one weekend. The key to a good suspenseful story is one that is unputdownable and The Cherry Robbers firmly met that requirement. I really enjoyed the way that this story was a blend of the supernatural and a bit of a historical Bildungsroman— we spend as much time trying to unweave the complexities of an artist’s life as we do the ghosts and their role in the story. I found the writing to be lyrical and delightful — it reminded me at times of V. E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (one of my favorite books in recent years). I don’t read a lot of Southern Gothic novels, but I think The Cherry Robbers is both an homage to the genre while remaining unique and putting a new spin on what we think of as ghost stories.