My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love creepy stories, especially when they deal with demons, so when I found out about this one I couldn't wait to check it out. Luckily, my local library had a copy so I borrowed it on Friday and decided to get stuck into it during Halloween.
Amanda Verner lives with her family in a cramped cabin in the mountains. After a hellish winter where they were all trapped inside for a long time and her mother developed a serious fever while pregnant and gave birth to a sick child, Amanda also had a mental breakdown.
Now she considers herself a sinner, and behaves in a way that is sure to lead to trouble. Especially since she gets involved with a boy and winds up pregnant. She doesn't tell her parents, and the boy rejects her. So when her father uproots the family and takes them to the prairie for a better life with more space, she thinks it might help.
As soon as they arrive they find the cabin looks great from the outside, but inside is a different story. The floor is ruined, the walls covered in blood, but their father fixes and cleans everything. They even meet a young boy and his doctor father. Everything seems to be better here, but only on the surface because Amanda is hearing phantom baby cries, knocking on the window, and starts to feel things.
It doesn't take long to realise why these cabins are abandoned...
I loved this book! The setting is written in such a vivid way that I felt like I was transported back in time. The creepiness is always there, like a threatening undercurrent that slowly rises to the surface. And I really liked Amanda. She did a lot of things that only added to her troubles and continually kept secrets, but it was mostly because she was thinking about how it would affect her family.
This story was unsettling, and spooky. It hooked me in right away. It's just what I expect--and enjoy--from a good horror story. Loved it heaps!