I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
Published by Gallery / Saga Press on October 1, 2019
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When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.
When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?
Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.
Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.
From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night—from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.
Here is what I thought
I really wanted to love The Twisted Ones but I have to admit that I struggled a bit with this one. 🙁
When Mouse’s dad asked her to clean out her grandmother’s house she never imagined the problems she would encounter. First, her grandmother was a hoarder and the place was a horrible mess. Second, there is something spooky in the woods.
While Mouse is cleaning her grandmother’s house she finds her stepgrandfather’s journal and it sounds like the rambling of an old man who may have been be on the verge of dementia or something. She gets wrapped up in what he is saying about the woods and them and about a green book and how much his wife (her grandmother) was mean to the poor guy.
Her father offered to just have the place bulldozed down but Mouse wanted to find the green book or a manuscript he said he wrote. So she decides to stay which was her first mistake. Her dog Bongo is a coonhound and he likes to go for long walks and one day they go into the woods and end up in a weird place where she recognizes some of the things Cotgrave had been talking about.
She finds something out there that freaks her out but when a cop goes to try and find it he doesn’t see anything, she somewhat wonders if she is going crazy till she sees something in the window that freaks her out. She is ready to leave by then but her dog gets away and runs off and so she can’t go and then she finds the old man’s manuscript.
I won’t say any more but let me tell you she should have just let her dad bulldoze the place down!
I am going to start with the fact that I can see why a lot of people might like this one and if you like a more atmospheric slow horror then this will appeal more to you than me. I on the other hand was a bit bored with most of it as nothing cool happened till probably the last 30% of the book. It didn’t scare me but I can see others thinking it creepy.
I didn’t like nor dislike Mouse, she was just a pretty ordinary character. I can see why she would be curious about the things in the journal and manuscript but ones this one part happened I would have just left and not looked back and felt she was a bit dumb for going in the woods after she knew it wasn’t a good idea. I just loved Bongo her dog! I will have to say my favorite character was Mouse’s neighbor Foxy, she cracked me up!
That quote sums up my love of Foxy! She had some pretty funny comments and was brave or dumb enough to go with Mouse into the woods.
This book was 400 pages and I think it could have been cut down at least 50 pages and been a much better and maybe not so slow of a book. Seriously who wants to read page after page about Mouse cleaning out her grandmothers horrible house?? Not me. I liked the parts with the manuscript but I don’t think I needed to read the whole thing. I think we could have just been given parts of it and then let Mouse do what she was going to do and get her thoughts on the pages. To me that was what really dragged the book and I also thought the ending was a bit long.
So I didn’t hate it but I just didn’t love this one as much as I had hoped but I do think others will like it more than I did. I would definitely try the author again.