Horrid by Katrina Leno is a YA thriller that will haunt you. After the death of her father, Jane and her mother return to her mom’s hometown of Bellview where secrets run deep. Strange occurrences rock Jane’s grasp on reality as she begins to question the history of North House and her mother’s past.
Grief is the theme at the center of Horrid’s pages and appears in various forms. Horrid also touches briefly on how mental illness can be prominent throughout families. While these both are difficult topics to discuss, the author uses both themes in a way that gives the characters and the plot deep development in such a short time.
Like the darkness that pulls Jane, I was pulled deep into this book. Katrina Leno’s storytelling is brilliant and she writes in a way that engages and entraps you within the pages of her novel. As the story came to its end, I was left wanting more even with the story coming together in a perfectly creepy conclusion.
I devoured this story in a little over 4 hours. If you are looking for a ghastly story to haunt your Autumn and give you all the spooky vibes pick up a copy of Horrid by Katrina Leno.
*Thank you to NOVL, Katrina Leno, and Little, Brown for Young Readers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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