“Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.
But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.
Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?
The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.”
eARC kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley.
This book was very highly anticipated for me, as the author’s second release following her epic debut last year, Wilder Girls, which was one of my top books read in 2019.
Although this book personally for me didn’t live up to Wilder Girls, it was still a great read and I thoroughly enjoy Rory’s writing style and building of weird and suspenseful stories.
Much like Wilder Girls, the book keeps you guessing up until the very end and trying to figure out what expactly is going on, with plenty of WTF moments along the way.
I especially love how the author writes family dynamics and relationships that arn’t without struggles and hardships, they feel more realistic to me than reading about your typical happy families with seemingly no troubles.
I would still highly recommend both of Rory’s books so far and am looking forward to reading her future releases.
My rating: 4/5 stars