Horrid Review

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About the Book

From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.

Following her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone…and more tormented.

As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident “bad seed,” struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane’s mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won’t reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the “storage room” her mom has kept locked isn’t for storage at all–it’s a little girl’s bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears….

Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more…horrid?


I have literally been waiting to read this book since the cover was revealed. So you can guess how excited I was to receive a copy for review (THANK YOU The Novl)! I mean, contemporary horror? Yes please! Sign me right up! Plus, this one has been compared to Christie and King, arguably two of the most genius authors for their genres. And, admittedly, going into a book with extremely high expectations has proven disastrously for me in the past. BUT, I am pleased to say that this one HELD UP!

So this book starts out twisted and just continues to twist and turn and get creepier as you move through it. And this book is definitely an atmospheric read, which makes the story even spookier. There’s a story in here but it also flaunts the line of being one extended train of thought. I know this is probably a terrible way of describing such beautiful writing, but hey, I tried.

This book hooked me from the very first kooky page (you’ll know what I mean when you start it). Plus it references Alice Liddell and Agatha Christie within the first few pages, so of course it was an insta love for me. But definitely add this book to your spooky season list this year because it will assuredly stick with you!

About the Author

Katrina Leno was born on the East Coast and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: The Half Life of Molly PierceThe Lost & FoundEverything All at OnceSummer of Salt, and You Must Not Miss. Her sixth novel, Horrid, arrives Sept. 15 2020.

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

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