Wednesday 31 July 2019

TEETH IN THE MIST by Dawn Kurtagich

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil's Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations... 

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember--so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

 In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward--one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever. 

 1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it. 

 Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching... 

After reading The Dead House and The Creeper Man, and enjoying the hell out of both of them, I couldn't wait to read Dawn Kurtagich's latest release.

As soon as Roan arrives at Mill House, things start going wrong. Her father has recently died and has sent her to live with a man she doesn't even know. The secrets she keeps are only surpassed by the ones everyone else is keeping in this weird house. And there's someone--or something--watching her.

All Zoey wants to do is get her father back. So she runs away to the place that caused his madness. But Mill House feels weird and soon, along with her best friend, she'll find out the horrible truth...

Wow. This book is amazing. In more ways than one. Not only because the writing style is so engrossing and at times, disorienting. Not just because the characters are all so interesting. But definitely because of all these things and so much more.

A sense of impending doom weighs down on every page of this gorgeously wicked tome.

The story is told in the point of view of Roan Eddington and Zoey Root, but also includes the bizarre diary entries of Hermione Smith. These three women, who suffer their own personal nightmarish tragedy in Mill House, are all somehow intertwined. There might be centuries between them, but the darkness of a curse that began so long ago ripples out through time. Affecting each one in an interconnected way that is truly chilling.

I loved the format of this book. Not just the way it's written, because that's cool enough. I mean, there are journal entries and camera footage and an old diary. There are three stories happening at once and all move in perfect pace with each other. But not just that, I loved the aesthetics of the actual book. It's beautiful. The illustrations, photos, fonts and layout are all awesome. Totally adds to the experience in a way that helped everything flow from start to finish.

This is definitely a haunting book that totally gets under your skin.

Teeth in the Mist is an atmospheric tapestry of three intriguing tales woven together so expertly, they become one creepy book. I was hooked, didn't want to put it down, and when I reached the shocking ending, I wanted more.

As I mentioned the other day on Twitter, Dawn's creepy kind of horror is totally my thing. I love how she dares to go wherever the story needs to go. No matter how dark things get, she'll drag us down with her characters. And that's something I love in my horror. 😁

I can't express how much I loved this story of evil ambition and greed. It's fantastic!

Teeth in the Mist, August 2019, ISBN 9780316478472, Little, Brown Young

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