By: Brenna Yovanoff
“I don’t remember any of this, but my sister, Emma, swears it’s true and I believe her. This is the story she used to tell me at night, when I would climb out of bed and sneak down the hall to her room…
In the story, Emma’s four years old. She gets out of bed and pads across the floor in her footie pajamas. When she reaches her hand between the bars, the thing in the crib moves closer. It tries to bite her and she takes her hand out again but doesn’t back away. They spend all night looking at each other in the dark. In the morning the thing is still crouched on the lamb-and-duckling mattress pad, staring at her. It isn’t her brother.
–from p. 12-13
Mackie Doyle’s life revolves around a terrible secret, one that his family tries to help him hide and his friends and the town all agree to ignore. One that deep down, everyone knows but no one will speak about.
One that is literally killing him, and maybe killing the town as well.
Why I picked it up: The creepy cover, with the baby carriage under a dead tree with all kinds of sharp and metal implements dangling over it, really caught my attention. Then I read the last part of the quote above off of the back cover and I had to know more.
Why I finished it: The suspense is palpable as Mackie reveals to the reader (and discovers for himself) more and more of the town’s dark history and his own troubling origins. I hated putting the book down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I also really liked the character of Mackie, who struggles with his identity in a realistic and relatable way and is, despite what he thinks, very human and very brave, and easy to love.
I’d give it to: Anyone who enjoys suspenseful horror that hearkens back to the darker roots of the original tales about fairies or the fair folk.
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Francesca (Davis)