“Rotting in your skin, rotting in your mind. You are rotting in this house. In this house you’ll die.”
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 2016
Filed Under: Stay out of the forest
This book is a love story between sisters. It’s a love story about a boy who can’t love. It’s a story about a teenage girl trying to decide what decisions are best while carrying guilt and confusion and stumbling through her reality, unsure and uneasy.
…But mostly it’s creepy AF.
Silla Daniels, and her mute sister Nori, arrive at their aunt’s decrepit mansion, La Baume, after having escaped their abusive father. They are looking for peace, for a place to call home, and they have pessimistic hopes that La Baume will be that for them.
…But, you know, it’s not.
Because something is off. Their aunt is odd. The house makes noises that fill Silla with dread. And the woods surrounding the property seem to be moving closer to the house; woods where something dangerous lurks, something that won’t let them leave. Could it be the Creeper Man?
As the food supply runs dangerously low, Silla starts to lose her mind. Because at La Baume, nothing is what it seems.
“He’s out there,” I say, turning back to the window. “Always watching. Getting stronger.”
I read this on audio, and I have to say it’s probably the most interesting, engaging, well-done audiobook I’ve ever listened to. I almost felt like I was back in the days when there was no TV and families gathered around the radio to listen to shows. The narration was beautiful and bold, and the production value filled my ears with so much tangible setting that I felt like I was there, an unseen observer.
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