The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of codependent sisterhood, the struggle to claim one’s own space, and the power of secrets
Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over.
In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.
Then Deirdre disappears.
And when something awful comes scratching at Skye's window in the middle of the night, claiming she's the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home. (Goodreads)
Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé was everything I wanted and more. The dark, unsettling thriller gave my goosebumps goosebumps. The imagery was haunting, the premise was unique, and the execution was boundary-pushing. Out of all the contemporary fantasy releases I've read so far this year, Here There Are Monsters has become my favorite.
Content warnings: animal deaths, self-harm, graphic descriptions of innards