Starling House

Tor. Oct. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781250799050. $28.99. FANTASY
The town of Eden, KY, has its share of bad luck, and Opal has seen much of it her entire life. She will do anything to get her younger brother out of Eden and on a path to a better life. When an opportunity arises at the infamous Starling House, Opal won’t let scary stories, dire warnings, or a moody heir get in her way. The house, built by a reclusive author, has intrigued Opal since her childhood. However, it seems that family secrets are not limited to the Starlings, and Opal will have to face down her own legacy that ties her to the house, the beasts of Underhill, and those who want the dark secrets for their own use. Harrow’s captivating prose centers her flawed, cynical protagonists in a haunting plot of horrible actions, fog-hidden beasts, and moving connections between family, friends, and lovers. Fans of Shirley Jackson and Catriona Ward should pick this up.
VERDICT Harrow’s (A Mirror Mended) mash-up of twisted fairy tales and Southern gothic fiction is a haunting story of longing, lies, and generational curses.
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