Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A.Craig
Gosh, this book was so creepy but in a great way! The mystery surrounding the Thaumas sisters was so well laid out and the eerie setting of the island and the curse was very well done.
I loved the dynamic between the remaining Thaumas sisters. I can't imagine having that many siblings, and to lose so many family members in such a short space of time must be devastating. Everyone seems shocked when the family doesn't mourn for the 'appropriate' amount of time after Eulalie's death, but really, how long can people be expected to grieve for? If I were to pass on I wouldn't want my friends and family to be miserable, I'd want them to continue with their lives and find happiness.
I understand this story is based off of a fairytale but it's not one I'm familiar with. Regardless, I loved the concept of this book - the pace was fast which I like and kept me turning the pages! I will say that the story was a little confusing in places, but that may have also been because of the pace at which I was reading.
Read the summary below:
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.