The Larkin siblings are known around the small town of Wofford Falls. Both are artists, but Peter Larkin, Lark to his friends, is the hometown hero.–GoodReads
When Lark goes to deliver one of his latest pieces to a fabulously rich buyer, it seems like a regular transaction. Even being met at the gate of the sprawling, secluded estate by an intimidating security guard seems normal. Until the guard plays him a live feed: Betsy being abducted in real time.
Lark is informed that she’s safe for now, but her well‑being is entirely in his hands. He’s given a book. Do what the book says, and Betsy will go free.
This was certainly a horror book for those in love with the genre! A demonic book that upon being followed seems to twist a small town an all within? Hell yes, perfect horror filled read.
What made this such a perfect read for the horror genre was Marino’s superb skills at making this a 150% atmospheric read.
I know I don’t always add trigger warnings and I will just because I don’t usually review pure horror novels; this is gory. BE PRE PARED FOR ALL THE GORE. If you don’t like gore, I recommend something lighter than this one lol, if you don’t mind it, have at it. I know there were times I was like ‘oh ewwwww’ just straight up saying that out loud.
But again, it’s a horror novel meant to put all your senses on edge and it truly does.
There is mayhem, terrifying art, demonic book, small town growing a darkness in it, and horrible sacrifices to be made.
I gave it 3.5 stars purely because I felt the plot itself wasn’t as strong as the atmosphere, gore, or the talk of such corruptive art. It didn’t feel as integral and I wish it would have so that ending could have hit me harder. But also, the ending on how it resolved was perfect, just needed the rest of the plot to match that.
Not a super long review as I don’t want to slip in any spoilers and aside from warning about the gore there’s too much to give away with how it all weaves together. I liked the characters, my favorites of course did not make it but I loved them and enjoyed them while I had the chance lol.
3.5/5 Cups of coffee from me, feel free to add this to your spooky/scary TBR as it releases October 4th! Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion.