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. (Goodreads)
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig was a lush, spooky, fresh story. The atmospheric storytelling was strong enough to give me chills and descriptive enough that sometimes I’d forget I was reading instead of watching everything unfold. I loved the characters dearly, but I trusted no one. It’s rare that I find a fantasy that’s engaging and unique, but House managed to be both in this world of over-saturated, familiar fantasies. Equal parts beautiful, tragic, gothic story and murder mystery fantasy, it’s hard to explain what it was that made me love this book so much, so I’ll just say it was everything.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig, which I give 5 out of 5 stars, will be published August 6, 2019. Preorder here.