The Insatiable Volt Sisters

MCD x FSG Originals. Apr. 2023. 464p. ISBN 9780374538323. pap. $18. HORROR
Family trauma, secrets, and a potentially haunted house coalesce in the latest from Moulton (after the Shirley Jackson Award–shortlisted Tinfoil Butterfly). Stepsisters Henrie and B.B. haven’t been together on their Lake Erie island home in 10 years. Henrie was forced to leave the island with her mother after her and B.B.’s parents divorced. She left her memories of that place behind, while B.B. stayed on the island with father. Now Henrie has returned for her stepfather’s funeral after he suddenly died. It becomes clear that there might have been a reason for the sisters to be separated for that long, however, and the island seems to have missed them. The sisters prove that some homes are not places of comfort or places one longs to return to. This is a powerful supernatural horror novel about strong women and the pain that shapes them.
VERDICT Twists and turns keep readers riveted through the entire novel, and the ending will stick with them for days. Fans of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House will appreciate it.
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