Author: T. Kingfisher
Publisher: Gallery/ Saga Press
Published: October 1, 2019
Book Description: When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.
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.
From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night—from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: The creepiness factor of this book is super high. I listened to the audio book version after Liberty Hardy from All the Books recommended it. I listened as I took very early walks in the extreme dark. There was a few moments that I jumped, if that says anything about this book.
Let me start by saying, we know from the beginning of this story that the main character and her Dog are just fine, if that makes you feel a little better. This book surrounds Mouse, who was asked by her father to clean out her recently deceased grandmother’s house in rural North Carolina. The house is an utter mess when she gets there. The only safe haven is her Step-grandfather’s room. In it she finds a journal he wrote, all about The Twisted Ones.
As Mouse starts to integrate in this town, she realizes something is not just right. The people are perfectly nice, but there are secrets that they are keeping. As she starts digging a little deeper, she finds there are things that cannot be explained. This eventually leads to the culmination of this book which is terrifying.
What I loved about this story, is that we along with Mouse are on the outside looking in. As she tells this story, while she goes about her normal life, we know something is going to happen, as there so many clues left, but you just have to wait and see what happens. Great read for this time of year.