When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.
When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.
I've been getting into horror recently and I saw this on the Overdrive app. Sure, they also had a copy ready at the library but I am not stepping foot into that place right now. Also, I just want to mention how much I miss my library.
Moving on, I wanted to start on this one ASAP and it only took me a few nights to read because I couldn't put it down. It's creepy. Very creepy.
Amanda and her family have been suffering since last winter when Ma had a baby that was born blind and deaf and where Amanda got cabin fever. To make things worse, she's been meeting with a boy who got her pregnant and shocker, doesn't want to marry her and take care of her.
Did I mention this was set in the 1800s?
Her family is super religious, which means she's scared to tell them. But Pa decides they need to move somewhere better and bigger. After a rough trip, they make it, but the cabin they decide to settle into is covered in blood. That's the first thing to go wrong and honestly the least freaky thing to happen.
This book is dark, not just when it comes to horror but there's even a miscarriage. It's not an easy read at some parts because Amanda is fighting demons of her own. Even the demon that got her Ma said she's already got one in her. Plus, that ending! It should NOT have ended there! I needed to know more. I NEED the answer!
The writing is great! It keeps the story flowing perfectly! I was never bored but I often found myself huddled under my blanket, unable to put the book down.
If you're looking for a very creepy book that's not too scary, then I say give this one a go! I really liked it!