The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
Published by Harlequin Teen
Published on September 27th 2016
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
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Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
Last year, I had the extreme pleasure of reading Amy Lukavics debut horror novel, Daughter Unto Devils (you can read my review here). It was chilling and bloody and everything I always wanted from YA horror. I have desperately craved another book from her. It feels like I have just been sitting around waiting so impatiently for all of these fall horror books to come out. I can read horror year round, publisher people. Not just near Halloween. Thanks.
The Women in the Walls is dreadful. In the best possible way. I mean, it is horror. That sense of dread is vital to a good story. Lukavics has managed to capture that feel with ease in not one, but now two books. It is unsettling. It goes places you don’t expect. It gets weird. It gets bloody…
What impresses me the most is that she creates these intense, thrilling stories without any romance. No love interest. Literally zero, especially in this book. (Her first book had a tiny smidgen. Teeny tiny.) I met her at ALA, and during a panel they asked if the authors felt a love story was necessary, and I love that she said no. I love that she is aware that a million other things could be going on, and that we don’t always need that boy hero to help save (or destroy) the day. Also, she’s really pretty. And vulgar. #ladycrush
The book touches lightly on some social issues, concerning Lucy in particular. At times it seems unnecessary, and that may be the only thing that bothered me about the book, only because it wasn’t something that seemed necessary for the story. But I didn’t dislike it so much that I wouldn’t still give this book 5 stars. What I really enjoy is how the story creeps towards the end. It is strangely short, but yet it feels like it was a long story. Does that make sense? Who knows. Also, I can’t exactly place the time period, it is just so disconnected from the outside world that you cant exactly place it. Which I assume may have been intentional. Either way, I kind of like that.
My favorite thing about this book is the end. The way she ended this is my favorite kind of ending. If you really want to know what Im talking about, read this: View Spoiler »I love when there is no happy ending. Because that is just life. and Everything is not always sunshine and rainbows, and I am a fan of doom and gloom myself. « Hide Spoiler, but it will spoil some of the fun. So beware.
Lukavics has easily become a “I will read their grocery list” author for me. I hope she continues to pump out these gory, chilling, creepy, dreadful stories. This is exactly what YA horror needs!
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