Content Warnings: Gore! lots of gore/blood (human and animal), body horror (human and animal), claustrophobia, hallucinations/nightmares, death, animal death, parent death (mentioned), parental conflict (being afraid of a parent), mention of alcohol/drinking, mention of self-harm, mention of divorce, mental illness (perceived/actual), mention of child death/killing, mention of suicide, drowning, paranormal activity.
Debut voice Alison Ames delivers with a chilling, feminist thriller, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls and Sawkill Girls.
Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed sixteen people. The disaster made it impossible to live in town, with underground fires spewing ash into the sky. But life in New Basin is just as fraught. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there.Clem and Nina form a perfect loop—best friends forever, and perhaps something more. Their circle opens up for a strange girl named Lisey with a knack for training crows, and Piper, whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to
My Review + Mood Board
Thank you so much to Page Street for providing an ARC copy! All thoughts and opinions are still my own.
When I saw this book compared to Wilder Girls and Sawkill Girls I knew I needed to add it to my TBR immediately. And this spooky story fit that description perfectly! I absolutely love the atmospheric setting and creepy small town vibes of this!
I loved small town, paranormal stories and this one was done fantastically. I loved that there was a multi-media aspect to it by having episode footage interspersed between chapters. It was a really fun and effective way to develop the history of the town.
But like in the 2 books this is compared to, this really shines in the female friendship. These girls are ride or die friends and I loved following them. They’re all so unique and different from one another and I loved that they all had their own voice.
Without going into spoilers, this ending won’t be for everyone. But I thought it was absolutely genius. Ugh I just really loved how this all came together and it’s definitely a book that will stick with me.
If you love ghost hunters, haunted towns, and fierce female friendships – get this one on your TBR immediately! It’s the perfect edition to a spooky TBR this fall. And I absolutely cannot wait to see what Alison Ames writes next. This was a wonderful debut and I’ll definitely be picking up more from them in the future!
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