We Ate the Dark

47North: Amazon Feb. 2024. 444p. ISBN 9781662515408. pap. $16.99. HORROR
DEBUT Pearson’s first novel, which explores magic, loss, family, and friendships, will captivate readers from the start. Her luscious writing brings the characters’ feelings to the page, all set in a world rife with sorcery. Frankie and her best friends have long mourned the disappearance of Frankie’s twin sister, Sofia. Five years after Sofia vanished, they are all drawn back into town when her body is discovered, and they set out to prove who killed her. Frankie and Sofia’s late mother was a witch, along with her aunt. Frankie believed that they practiced mostly folk magic, but Sofia discovered something deeper and primal in the woods of their small Southern town. As the friends search for Sofia’s killer, they are stalked by an entity that seeks to keep them from the truth. While on their mission, the characters navigate their current relationships and how they’ve changed over the past five years.
VERDICT With stunning prose, Pearson draws readers into the lives of her characters and weaves a horror-esque fantasy tale.
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