The Haunting of Velkwood

Saga: S. & S. Mar. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9781982172374. $26.99. HORROR
Shared secrets, guilt, and regret haunt protagonists and readers alike in Kiste’s breathtakingly original modern ghost story laden with humanity and heartache. Twenty years ago, Talitha Velkwood was living with her mother and younger sister on the street named after her family when they, and everyone else in their suburban neighborhood, save her two best friends, turned into ghosts. Today Talitha is behind on rent, with additional bills piling up, and is unable to free herself now from the memory of the sister she couldn’t free then. When she is contacted by yet another researcher interested in studying the Velkwood Vicinity, which has sat impenetrable for years, she agrees to return. The unease is immediate and chilling as Talitha explores her former home, begging the question of who the real ghost is. The weight of Talitha’s unanswered questions is compounded by a reunion with her childhood friend Brett, a fellow Velkwood survivor whose presence brings additional guilt. Readers will be captivated as Talitha and Brett face the past they abandoned and search for answers they’re not certain they want.
VERDICT Fans of My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix won’t want to miss Kiste’s (The Rust Maidens) latest.
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