The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
Publication by Gallery/Saga Press on October 1st 2019
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy
“Rag. Bone. Wire. Stone.”
This contemporary take on the short story “The White People” takes you into the woods and has such a brilliant building of tension and a creeping sense of dread that lasts to the very last page.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones…”
There is also a fair amount of humor sprinkled throughout. Which I will admit is always a huge draw for me. I absolutely adored Mouse and this book. It dragged you in and kept you glued to the page.
Highly recommend if you like weird horror with a side of humor.
About the book
When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?
Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.
Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.
Animal death (not the dog), death, implied rape, forced pregnancy, racism, body horror, cursing, emotional abuse and toxic relationship (in the past), gun violence, mental illness, violence, dementia (in the past), chronic illness, infertility, blood, and kidnapping. And I think there is an implied adult/minor relationship (in the past).